Gamarada Redfern Montessori
New South Wales
|Program Established: 1998
|# of Children: 20 Families
||Ages Served: Infants-6
- Funding to secure a permanent space.
- Funds to cover the cost of rent and maintenance.
- Donations to upgrade the Montessori materials.
|Contact Person: Megan Tyne, Executive
|Contact Information: email@example.com
|Redfern is home to an urban
indigenous community. The community faces many
challenges including drug and alcohol abuse, violence,
rioting and social disadvantage. In 1998 Barbara
Stephen established the Gamarada Redfern Montessori
Learning Centre in an effort to support these disadvantaged
children. She now lives with the locals and has
the trust and respect of the Aboriginal community. |
Gamarada faced an additional challenge in 2006
when the Redfern Public School closed its doors
to the various community groups and the school
was forced to find a new premises. It has now
relocated to another public school, but is in
need of a permanent space.
The program continues to provide valuable assistance
to the most disadvantaged families in the area
and in addition to providing a Montessori experience;
the families often require extra help. This could
be in the form of transportation, support in
transitioning to the elementary school and sometimes
babysitting in emergency situations.
people have come through the area offering to
help, but Barbara is a part of the community
and in 2003 was awarded “Citizen
of the Year” by the South Sydney Council
for her tireless contribution not only to local
early childhood education, but also to the community
By serving the youngest Aboriginal children in
Redfern, she hopes to forever change this cycle
of violence and social disadvantage.
Trained Montessorians are encouraged to volunteer.