Annual Report 1991 Department of Education
Tabled Paper 1288
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EDUCATION Paper on language and literacy, helping to increase the emphasis given to Aboriginal languages in the final version of the national policy. Carried out by a linguistwith the assistance of the Language Centre, Papulu Apparr-kari in Tennant Creek, the Institute for Aboriginal Develop ment in Alice Springs and other local Aboriginal organisationsa twelve month survey of Aboriginal languages and associated needs in the Barkly region was completed and a report produced. Yirara College: A number of improvements were made to Yirara College's facilities during the year, including the provision of a modem computer laboratory, renovations to the senior girls' dormitory, a new laundry and storage wing and new change sheds. In the latter part of the year, the Government began examining the possibility of privatising the college through the involvement of a church group, reflecting the wishes of parents expressed through the college council executive. A task force was established to advise on the transition from government to private operation. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AEP PROJECTS Implementation of the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educa tion Policy continued in 1991. Among about thirty projects approved and implemented were the deployment of Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers to improve opportunities for Aboriginal participation in education decision making through improved liaison between schools, their communities and the Department support for Aboriginal trainee teachers undertaking courses through Batchelor College the provision of new school facilities at several locations, including Lajamanu, Galiwin'ku, Palumpa, and Wadeye the construction of additional CEC facilities to support further education at Yuendemu and Maningrida the development of appropriate curriculum materials for use in primary and secondary programs for students from remote Aboriginal communities learning through both 'face-to-face' and distance education methods a program enabling Aboriginal health workers to complete an accredited Aboriginal Health Worker Certificate course at Batchelor College the addressing of educational and medical problems caused by the middle 22