ABOUT

OUR VISION

Culture College vision is guided by the wisdom of our Elders who will be directed through cultural vision and knowledge of the Djalkiri (Yolngu foundation).

We will be firm and strong for the land and this will sustain the organisation moving forward. We instigate change, acknowledge, recognise, understand the weight and value of First Nations knowledge systems as an equal partnership moving forward.

To share with Yolngu, on Country and learn the Yolngu way. Such experiences shape a new way forward for a reconciled Australia

OUR MISSION
  • Creating opportunities for the healing wisdom of Yolngu ways of knowing, being, and doing as a legitimized two-way educational platform.
  • Exploring and holding space for a transformative experience to take place in the hearts of individuals forever.
  • Generating sustainable employment pathways On Country through culture for First Nations People.
  • Collaboration with First Nations businesses to support our program delivery.
  • Creation of training opportunities and leadership roles for Yolngu to help steer and direct the evolution of Culture College.
  • Challenge and address racism, inequality and mainstream stereotypes towards First Nations Peoples through two-way learning.
  • Facilitating learning pathways that value Yolngu and Balanda languages through a coordinated three stage process: Pre, On-Country and Post learning
  • Forging relationships between Yolngu communities, homelands and partnering groups based on mutual respect and trust that are beneficial and enduring beyond the experience.

‘This is the real Australia where learning is forever, to engage with young Australians the future is bright”

-Mungul Lacey

OUR TEAM
Governance, Management and Key Personnel
  • DIRECTOR
    DIRECTOR
  • DIRECTOR
    DIRECTOR
  • DIRECTOR
    DIRECTOR
  • DIRECTOR
    DIRECTOR
  • CEO
    CEO
  • OPERATIONS
    OPERATIONS
  • CO-FOUNDER
    CO-FOUNDER

OUR STORY

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.

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