For three generations the Hooker Family has fostered a culture of giving back to the community and furthering the development and prosperity of Australia. Today, Ana and Janusz Hooker drive the family’s social impact activities through the Hooker Family Foundation, a DGR-1 non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering disadvantaged children in Australia with education. HFF works with schools, community leaders, and our partners, to deliver quality educational incentive programs for students in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
Ana and Janusz were honoured by the Aṉaŋu of Central Australia by being married in an Inma ceremony by Harry ‘Uluru’ Wilson at the sacred Mutitjulu Waterhole at Uluru (Ayers Rock). At the time they became aware that many of the Aṉaŋu kids, Aussie kids, had never seen the ocean, they created the Kids to Coast educational exchange program to rectify this unbelievable situation. This flagship program which offers Aboriginal schools and communities a vehicle to encourage their young people to stay in school, enjoy learning and achieve good academic results.
Following several years of success with the Kids to Coast Program, in 2013 they completed the circle bringing students from Sydney’s SCECGS Redlands School to Uluru with the Mutitjulu Community as hosts, giving rise to the Culture College program. The project was aired at the Global Citizens Festival in New York City.
The vision driving Culture College is for Australia to be united, culturally enhanced and stronger. A country led by a new generation of Australians who are global citizens: well educated, culturally dynamic and environmentally sensitive.
To develop lifetime cross-cultural relationships for Australia’s youth – unite and empower the next generation of Australia’s leaders today through educational exchange programs to ensure a stronger more dynamic Australia tomorrow:
- Recognition of a well developed co-designed program where Yolngu are equal partners in sharing their approach to learning with language, science, the arts, culture, history, traditions, trade and business in an educational setting with young people through to professionals.
- Distributing profits to provide assistance to Indigenous students in need of public benevolent assistance.
- Bring sustainable economic activities to the Aboriginal Homelands
- Strengthen the broader Arnhem Land economy through job creation for Yolngu and also increasing the tourism profile of East Arnhem existing regional attributes
- Improve the utilisation of north east Arnhem Land’s assets by re-purposing existing facilities and giving them a new focus
‘This is the real Australia where learning is forever, to engage with young Australians the future is bright”
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