SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS
HOW WE BEGAN
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 youth in Australia through education. HFF works with schools, community leaders, and our partners, to deliver quality educational incentive programs for students in First Nations 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, had never seen the ocean, they created the Kids to Coast educational exchange program to create opportunities for the children to travel East. This program supported First Nations schools and communities an incentive 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 vision. The project was aired at the Global Citizens Festival in New York City.
WHO WE WALK WITH
The Gumatj Corporation represents the Gumatj peoples of North East Arnhem Land with a key focus on employment through developing sustainable industry by harnessing natural resources; education being a key factor of success. The corporation have provided critical support through the establishment of Culture College and will provide access to their innovative, sustainable timber mill and carpentry workshop.
Northern Territory Government
The Northern Territory Government has provided support to Culture College through its departments of Education and Tourism. Specifically the Northern Territory Government has offered in-kind use of classrooms and other facilities at Nhulunbuy high school for Culture College.
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation is a land and sea management organization established by Yolŋu land-owners which manages many of the popular visitor sites in and around Nhulunbuy. Dhimurru Rangers will assist and advise Culture College with certain environmental, conservation and cultural aspects of the program.