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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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in Arts (Aboriginal Languages) program, also expected to receive accreditation early in 1992. Designed to replace a series of short certificate courses offered over several years, it is intended to make a significant contribution to the study of Australian Aboriginal languages, while assisting the maintenance and preservation of traditional culture. With staff support, college students organised a conference, The Role of Tertiary Education in Aboriginal Community Development. Held during August, it attracted more than 400 participants, including Aboriginal community leaders as well as educators from throughout Australia. Several of the Conference papers were subsequently published in the College Journal, Ngoonjook. To pro vide more effective support to students with their studies, the college undertook, on a pilot basis, the management of the out-of-hours tutoring program provided through the Commonwealth's Aboriginal Tertiary Assist ance Scheme. Early indications were that the move improved student access to the scheme and resulted in more effective tutorial support, leading to indications that the program would continue beyond its trial period. To complement the college's building development master plan, a land scaping development plan was prepared with an emphasis on harmonising the college's grounds with the surrounding landscape, while progressively creat ing a more pleasant campus environment. In February, the new library building, used in co-operation with Batchelor Area School, was officially opened and dedicated to the memory of Mr Jim Gallacher, the first Chairman of the Batchelor College Council. Facilities for radio training were substantially improved by the renovation of the barracks adjacent to Rum Jungle Radio. The project included the provision of three sound-proof edit booths, an on-air studio and control room, a lecture room, staff office space and a BRACS room. In addition to a donation from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, equipment was obtained through a Commonwealth TAFE Equipment Grant of $60 000, to be expanded by a further $140 000 over the following two years. With the closure of the Aboriginal Video Liaison Unit in the Department of the Chief Minister, more than $100 000 worth of video equipment was transferred to the college for use in training journalists. The college also received valuable support from the Groote Eylandt Mining Company which donated Macintosh Computers and provided a number of bursaries for teacher education students. As a result, thirteen students from north-east Amhemland undertaking the latter years of their training received financial support for pursuing their studies. During 1991, the college was funded by three main sourcesthe Common wealth ($3.3 million), the Northern Territory Government ($3,055 million) and the Aboriginal Education Program ($499 000). Following the recommendations of the Estimates Review Committee, the Northern Territory Government accepted that the Commonwealth Govern ment should, in future, be fully responsible for the funding of higher education EDUCATION 14