Gowola Kind Homework Club
Gowola recognises the importance of education and engaging young people in a way that celebrates culture, language and pride in Aboriginality.
Every Tuesday during school term, students from Prep to Year 10 make their way to Rumbalara Football Netball Club after school to do their homework and study their culture and language.
Proud. Strong. Family.
Gowola, meaning kind or kindly in Yorta Yorta language, recognises the need for academic support for families, particularly those that are experiencing financial hardship and cannot afford private tutoring support for their children.
Students from Indigenous backgrounds are more likely to have lower educational achievement.
Gowola bridges the gap in literacy and numeracy for Aboriginal students by providing additional tutoring and supervision.
Gowola Homework Club has been running for three years and has continued to grow and evolve with an average of 50 students and 43 volunteers involved per year.
It engages primary and high school aged children in a holistic program. It builds on the strength of existing familial relationships inside the Rumbalara Football Netball Club and promotes the importance of culture,
education and belonging.
Providing a culturally safe and supportive environment for students from Prep to Year 10.
Gowola skillfully empowers students to have confidence in themselves and their future.
The Rumbalara Football Netball Club receives support from a number of individuals and philanthropic trusts. The Portland House Foundation is supporting the the Gowola Homework Club until to 2021
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A component of the session is also dedicated to learning Yorta Yorta language; this part of the sessions is extremely important as we are trying to revive our language. The students are encouraged to write stories for the annual Dungala Kaiela Writing Awards and are learning welcome to country in Yorta Yorta language.