WACIT Australia: Early intervention for disadvantaged children in Sydney

I just followed the Gunawirra NGO staff to  one of their intervention centres for Aboriginal children. The trail took me to a pre-school in a deprived inner city area, and my now common impression in such circumstances that I was meeting a pretty special headmistress.

This is a haven in the face of a lot of adversity in the area, exposure to violence and mental illness. Somehow very young children seemed to distinguish between the pre-school structure and discipline, and ongoing family vilberabilities. 

With Gunawirra coming in for those most traumatized, one hopes that they will be resilient enough for the next step. Another positive to keep was children’s cultural integration, at least here, in contrast with other social contexts for Aboriginal communities. Maybe not enough in the long run, but a good start.

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