Victorian Indigenous Education Network (VIEN)
The Victorian Indigenous Education Network [VIEN] is a network of people from Independent schools who work together and with tertiary institutions to inform best practice in Indigenous education programs.
VIEN members are committed to working in a spirit of respect and reciprocity with each other and with the Indigenous communities they serve.
VIEN schools are committed to:
Working together with Indigenous students and families including to:
- Provide improved access for Indigenous students to member schools;
- Provide young Indigenous people with holistic and longitudinal support to Improve
- Enable effective transitions into and beyond school.
- Maximise broad learning outcomes for Indigenous students;
- Advocate for excellence in learning for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and support access into educational programs and opportunities;
- Identify and advocate for the needs of indigenous students and families in schools;
- Build indigenous families’ understanding of schools’ culture and environments;
- Build discernment to Inform ‘best fit’ for students and member schools;
- Share resources, knowledge and understanding in and between member institutions for the support and advancement of Indigenous students;
- Maximise dialogue between schools and tertiary education providers to facilitate easier transitions to higher education;
The education of school communities including:
- Working with school leaders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure that member institutions are culturally safe places for indigenous students;
- Educating broad school communities about Indigenous history, language and culture;
- Encouraging and informing two-way learning initiatives, including through curriculum innovation, so as to effect Reconciliation in and between member institutions;
- Enabling sharing of learning among boarding house staff in member schools and tertiary institutions;
- Improving understanding of Indigenous culture and issues for extended school communities;
VIEN operates across three domains:
- Networking (between staff in member schools/between First Australian students in member schools/between parents and community members of students in member schools).
- Professional Learning (including training in cultural awareness & competence, subject specific PD program, centrally based or school based programs).
- Advocacy – this happens at individual school, systems and policy (State and Federal) levels.
For more information on current VIEN Projects & Activities
Curriculum Co-development Project
Marnie O’Bryan, Co-Convenor, VIEN
Andrew Barr, CEO, CSE