A key target in the Government’s Closing the Gap Report is for 95 per cent of Indigenous children to receive early childhood education services by 2025.
A community-led initiative, Indi Kindi aims to give children the best possible start to life and get them ready for school. In Borroloola alone, Indi Kindi reaches 80 per cent of children under five.
Through inclusive and culturally-appropriate early childhood education, children have the chance to develop a love and interest in learning.
That’s why UNICEF Australia and the Moriarty Foundation have partnered to expand the Indi Kindi initiative to give more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children the best start in life.
In 2021, Indi Kindi will expand into the community of Tenant Creek. Currently the initiative operates in Borroloola four to five days a week, as well as one day a week via an outreach service to Robinson River, about two and a half hours’ drive away.
Alice Hall, UNICEF Australia’s Early Childhood Development specialist says the most effective community programs are those that are built and delivered by the community.
“For a program to be successful it is essential to spend time in the community, build relationships, listen, engage local people to be champions of the program now and into the future,” she says.
“When I visited Borroloola, I saw evidence that these ways of working are present in Indi Kindi’s work.”