GOTAFE students play indigenous games to preserve cultural heritage
Students from GOTAFE and the Academy of Sport Health and Education (ASHE) participated in a cultural exchange program on Monday, June 4.
The morning program was undertaken by indigenous students from ASHE who engaged GOTAFE students in traditional cultural activities, followed by a more mainstream sports based program in the afternoon organised by GOTAFE students undertaking the Diploma of Sport and Recreation.
GOTAFE Sport and Recreation Team Leader, Cassy Roberts said the program was not only important to preserve traditions, but it also gave GOTAFE and ASHE students the opportunity to learn and interact with each other.
“The cultural program involved the learning of traditional indigenous games that have been played out in aboriginal communities for many years,” said Cassy.
“The students from GOTAFE gained a better understanding of indigenous cultural heritage through traditional games, whilst the ASHE students ensured these traditions and knowledge are shared with the broader community and therefore continue for future generations.
“Sport can transcend all boundaries and it is through these sport based activities that indigenous students can be proud of and share their heritage.”
15 GOTAFE students took part in the program, along with around 30 ASHE students who are enrolled in sport and recreation courses ranging from Certificate II to Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation.
The partnership between GOTAFE and ASHE began as an auspice arrangement where GOTAFE supported the academy’s programs, now GOTAFE teachers are instrumental in implementing the sports focussed activities through ASHE. The training courses undertaken at ASHE are heavily based around cultural activities and are designed to suit the ASHE program.
Central to the ASHE philosophy is to use participation in sport as an avenue for primarily indigenous people to undertake education and training within a trusted and culturally appropriate environment.