GGAA 2014 - Social Responsibility - TAFE NSW North Coast Institute - Highly Commended

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The Trickle Effect – Working flexibly with Aboriginal communities to build capability in resource efficiency

A state wide delivery of the Cert Iv Home Sustainability Assessment promoted through the TAFENSW Aboriginal Learning Circle has resulted in cuts to energy costs for householders and reductions in energy and water consumption in NSW Aboriginal communities. Not only are there trained assessors working on the ground, there are trained Aboriginal educators ready to build capability in their own communities and to work with other communities who are keen to cut costs and consumption..

Top 3 learnings:

  • Extensive consultation is critical to successful engagement with indigenous communities and to ensuring effective educational outcomes and capability development.
  • Truly collaborative educational projects in Aboriginal communities achieve better than imagined results, faster than expected.
  • Models of engagement with Aboriginal communities that are flexible and invest adequately in student support achieve excellent results.