The Seeds to Success Bush Tucker Project is an Indigenous Leadership and public speaking program that involves aboriginal students attending school working with Aboriginal role models and community elders to develop leadership and public speaking skills.
Aboriginal students will undertake the 10 week Seeds to Success Bush Tucker program which involves establishing garden beds and planting of native plants traditionally used by aboriginal people. Students will work with elders and role models to learn various plants and their traditional uses. They will then learn basic tour guiding and speaking skills needed to successfully conduct a bush tucker tour for students at their school.
The aim of the project is to form groups of students to tackle different tasks during the project. Each group will nominate a different group leader who will then inform their group of tasks required and establish plans to successfully complete those tasks. The leader of each group on the day is responsible for delegation of jobs, group cohesion, conflict resolution and problem solving etc. At the completion of the program students must competently conduct a bush tucker tour.
-enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to participate in highly beneficial culturally appropriate activities
-reconnect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with traditional culture and heritage
-enable non-aboriginal students to learn about traditional aboriginal culture which contributes to reconciliation
-provide an environment where all generations can participate in cultural activities togetherprovide participants with positive experiences working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models and community elders
-Build confidence, resilience and self-esteem among Aboriginal students.Increase interaction and conflict resolution skills within a group environment.
-Provide an avenue for the re-establishment of generational respect between young Aboriginal people and Aboriginal elders through the passing down of traditional knowledge.
First Hand Solutions has launched it first Seeds to Success program in both La Perouse Public School and Matraville Soldiers Settlement, thanks to a grant from the Sisters of Charity and proceeds from the Blak markets on Bare Island held on the first Sunday of the month.
Seeds to Success Bush Tucker Project is an Aboriginal Leadership and public speaking program that involves establishing garden beds in schools and planting native plants traditionally used by Aboriginal people. Students work with elders and role models to learn various plants and their traditional uses so they can run mini-tours of their gardens.
According to CEO of First Hand Solutions, Peter Cooley, who has been working with students over the last few weeks to prepare and build the gardens, the response by the children has been absolutely fantastic, “They’ve been incredibly enthusiastic getting out and doing the work and we’re finding that students are completely engaged in building the garden and for me personally I’m extremely pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for our kids to reconnect to culture through the plants and hopefully we can build a cultural foundation that will keep the kids confident and resilient to rise to life’s challenges.