David is the Coordinator, Rural and Distance Education Programs at NSW Department of Education and Communities and spoke on providing quality educational opportunities to families in isolated communities. I used the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia and discussed how we can use the concepts of "Belonging, Being and Becoming" when we think about our interactions with children. I ended with the following questions:
- Belonging: How can you ensure that children truly belong to your school, church, community?
- Being: How can you ensure that children are accepted to be who they are and as they are now? (not as future adults, but the children of now)
- Becoming: How can you support children to become active and informed citizens of the future?
|David McLeod, Rev Dr Rob McFarlane, Sharynne McLeod|