IEF aim is to prevent long-term poverty amongst displaced Indigenous peoples by empowering their development of educational solutions based around the preservation and utilisation of cultural knowledge, customs, and their local environment.
To ensure our programs are successfully designed, developed, implemented and maintained by the local Indigenous community, IEF focuses its strategy on community research, engagement, and sustainability.
To gain an accurate understanding of each individual community’s unique circumstance, so as to ensure a sustainable solution can be achieved, we base a member of IEF research staff within the community for extended periods to develop relationships and become a trusted and contributing member.
Through this, our research is collected in an accurate, informal and non-intrusive manner, with minimal impact on community expectations.
During our research component we identify key community members who are seen initiating activity in the interests of improving community wellbeing.
By focusing our support on local leaders driven to take control in initiating, developing, implementing and operating their own Indigenous educational solutions, we ensure community ownership and sustainability.
Beyond our focus on self-empowerment, IEF supports the local community in their design and development of a system relevant to their current social and economic environment, allowing the program to be adapted, expanded and sustained by the group well into the future.