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Moombaki – A Cultural Journey

Curtin researchers are collaborating with colleagues to strengthen Aboriginal children’s wellbeing by connecting identity, culture, country and kin.

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Moombaki – A Cultural Journey is Aboriginal-led research combining virtual reality and classroom lessons based on Noongar languages, culture and history.

A young boy testing out the Moombaki virtual reality game

Moombaki cultural learnings

Moombaki Cultural Learnings is an Australian Research Council and Curtin University funded research project which aims to honour and reconnect grass roots Aboriginal knowledges to primary school education. The objective is to prioritise Aboriginal parents, carers, students and Aboriginal staff values, beliefs and ways of doing and embed it within the school system and relevant curriculum.

The research addresses better outcomes for Aboriginal children, particularly those in urban centres. It is anticipated that by increasing Aboriginal children’s knowledge of and self-esteem towards their identity by reconnecting them to culture, country and kin, their racial identity and self-esteem will improve, and in doing so can impact positively on their wellbeing and academic outcomes.

Over the past two years, the research team have worked alongside local Aboriginal communities, students and staff from three primary schools situated in the City of Swan (Weeip’s boodja).

Moombaki in the classroom

Moombaki in the classroom

Curtin’s Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker joins the RTRFM Moorditj Mag podcast team to discuss Moombaki, including the lead-up to delivery of the pilot program, as well as lesson content and themes.

Moombaki in the news

Moombaki in the news

“My great-grandfather fought for his people to go to school. Now I’m walking in his footsteps” – Cheryl Kickett-Tucker discusses her work and her family’s dedication to Indigenous rights, especially in education access.

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Reach out to our team to find our more about the Moombaki project and how you can get your school involved, contribute to research or provide community support for the program.