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 non-profit organisation registered in Australia and the United States of America dedicated to empowering youth in Australasia through education.
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.
Following several years of success with the Kids to Coast Program, 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.
Arnhem Land was the obvious first choice for Culture College. The Aboriginal culture and natural environment in the region are arguably some of the most intact in Australia and the World. This, coupled with the generous support from Rio Tinto Alcan, Sodexo, LJ Hooker and the Northern Territory Government to provide facilities in the Arnhem regional hub, Nhulunbuy (Gove), enabled Culture College to become a reality.
Culture College pioneered an entire year group program in 2017 and continues to facilitate large cultural immersion programs from our East Arnhem Land base with our Foundation Partner schools.
Culture College became Culture College Arnhem Land Aboriginal Corporation in 2019 and still maintains its charity status.