Gosford Regional Community Services is launching Cultural Directions, a program with an emphasis on promoting unity and understanding within the community.
The focus is to develop pathways to resilience through cultural conversations and to oversee the benefits of cultural diversity implemented in Educational Studies.
Formerly the Central Coast Multicultural Resource Centre, Cultural Directions has stepped it up and created a specialised hub for educators and families to find cultural information which is rich in authenticity and meaning.
Kathy Sokk, Chief Executive Officer of Gosford Regional Community Centre, said: “We have a commitment to promoting diversity, understanding and tolerance in all areas of endeavor, and any organisation delivering an educational program to children and/or families is eligible to become a member.
“The primary objective is to provide for the diversity in Australian society, enabling each person to participate fully in our multicultural society, realise their personal aspirations, and benefit Australia.
“Educators will be able to borrow quality and unique educational resources to support the Department of Education’s Early Years Learning Framework and curriculum outcomes.”
Two new programs, Achieve School Success and the Cultural Experience Program, make up the Cultural Directions Program.
Achieve School Success is a 3-hour session parenting workshop developed to support parents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as they navigate the Australian system across the primary school years.
The Cultural Experience Program is an interactive and immersive program that allows children to learn about one of the many cultures represented in the local community.
“Cultural Directions will partner with pre-schools, long day care, primary schools and local cultural organisations to deliver these programs with the intention of expanding the program in future years,” Sokk said.
The Culutral Directions Program launch will take place at the Wyoming Community Centre on June 28.
Media release, Jun 3
Julieanne Johnson, Gosford Regional Community Services