6.2 A framework for change
In the short-term, some of our work will not change. For example, our work with early literacy interventions such as the family literacy training and the family learning kits will continue, because it is still necessary to support children's learning to help them within the school setting. Other aspects of our role and the activities that people have suggested are an enhancement of what we do now, perhaps with a broader focus. For example, we already deliver proposal-writing workshops that we can easily enhance to respond to the needs people identified. We already produce a list of funding sources: we can easily make the list more comprehensive. When we are planning, we need to separate out those activities from ones that require more fundamental change, like the way we make decisions related to Aboriginal literacy.
All our current projects respond to identified needs, but what we do in the projects and how we do them, we largely decide internally by ourselves. Working with Aboriginal language groups will mean a different way of making decisions. Sometimes they will initiate a project that we will play a supportive role in. At other times, we might initiate the project, but members of the language communities will be involved in setting priorities and in making decisions about what to do and how to do it. For us, this means finding an appropriate mechanism for that to happen.
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