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The Northern Territory news Sat 26 Nov 2016



The Northern Territory news Sat 26 Nov 2016

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NTNE01Z01MA - V1 CDU's Whole of Community Engagement project leads the way Driving change in the NT CHARLES Darwin University is in the final stages of a three-year program that is working with remote Indigenous communities to engage in higher education. A team from the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership has been working with remote Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory to explore Indigenous community perceptions about pathways into higher education. Manager of the Whole of Community Engagement (WCE) project, Associate Professor James Smith said the initiative recognised Partnership reinforces governance CDU has partnered with the Yambirrpa Schools Council (YSC) in Yirrkala to establish an historic gathering of school councils from remote Indigenous communities. Associate Professor James Smith, of CDU's Office of the Pro ViceChancellor Indigenous Leadership, said the remote communities involved in the gathering believed that strengthening Indigenous governance and leadership in remote schools was central to improving Indigenous education. The planning and delivery of a joint school councils gathering provided a safe environment for school councils to share stories and acknowledge the challenges and successes of school councils across the NT. The gathering included 20 Indigenous school council representatives from Yambirrpa, Shepherdson College, Maningrida College, Gunbalanya, Yuendumu, Tennant Creek High School and Tennant Creek Primary School. Staff from the NT Department of Education and CDU also attended. Dr Smith said that an important outcome was the development of a collective school council statement on remote Indigenous education. Key priorities identified included more funding and support for remote school councils to strengthen Indigenous governance and leadership capacity, more Indigenous teachers and team teachers in remote and very remote settings, and a deeper effort to incorporate local languages, culture and cultural education practices into school curriculums. Chair of the Yambirrpa Schools Council, Mr Djuwalpi Marika said that coming together to discover what was happening in other communities had been empowering. "It helps us to provide a nurturing environment," he said Chair of the Yuendumu School Council, Ms Elizabeth Katakarinja said: "We want our youth to be supported and move into leadership positions to improve education outcomes." The WCE team recently received an Remote communities find paths into higher ed Australia Research Education Award from the Society for the Provision of Rural Education in Australia for this work. that many remote Indigenous people faced significant challenges when they aimed to study at university. "This project aims to address these challenges by drawing on the strengths of each community;' Dr Smith said. Funded by the Australian Government's Department of Education and Training, WCE has been implemented in Galiwin'ku, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Tennant Creek. Yirrkala and Yuendumu. "It has involved campus-based staff and Indigenous community based staff working side-by-side, in a culturally respectful way, to identify and implement actions that support higher education priorities in each of these communities," he said. Achievements include implementing mentoring programs, strengthening Indigenous school leadership and governance, enhancing youth leadership capability, supporting Indigenous teacher aspirations, raising awareness of further study pathways, improving organisational systems, highlighting Indigenous student success stories, identifying strategies to improve language, literacy and numeracy provision for remote learners, and bringing community stakeholders together to identify opportunities for collaboration. This has involved more than 100 partnership activities with community-based organisations and schools, and engaged more than 2500 people. Much of the work was presented at the Indigenous Leaders Conference held in Darwin in November. "The award demonstrates that the WCE initiative is recognised nationally for its innovative community engagement approach; Dr Smith said. "The initiative is a collective effort that shows the true value of partnership development for driving change to meet remote Indigenous student needs." For more information, visit W: https://remotengagetoedu.com.au/ Call goes out for more LLN funding REMOTE Indigenous communities are calling for greater investment in English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) to improve Indigenous VET and higher education participation rates in the long term. CDU's Pro Vice-Chancellor From left: Associate Professor James Smith, of CDU, with Sean Spencer (Tennant Creek), Rodriguez Wilson (Gunbalanya), Joseph Shannon (Tennant Creek) and Mikeala Anderson (Elliott) Vocational Education and Training, Ms Christine Robertson said it was well documented that poor LLN skills were among the biggest barriers for remote Indigenous students to achieve successful education outcomes. She said CDU has received a clear message from remote Indigenous communities that further investment in LLN was required to improve Indigenous VET and higher education participation rates over the longer term. Youth gather for leadership summit YOUNG Indigenous people from eight remote communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia gathered in Darwin and Batchelor recently to talk about their leadership aspirations. Charles Darwin University (CDU) partnered with the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) to deliver a Remote Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit, which was held at the BIITE campus at Batchelor and CDU's Casuarina campus. More than 30 young Indigenous people took part in the summit, which focused on: youth leadership and governance; education and employment pathways; connecting with communities; and language, culture and identity. The group heard from prominent local Indigenous leaders including Charlie King and Ngaree Ah Kit MLA. The summit also involved workshops about the leadership challenges and opportunities the young people faced daily. They also took part in a Youth Roundtable Discussion as part of the Indigenous Leaders Conference held in Darwin during the same week. One young man from Gunbalanya who took part in the summit, Rodriguez Wilson, 19, said he was learning "how to be a leader and role model, and how to use that knowledge to create change in a dominant nonIndigenous sod~ The Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at CDU, Ms Wendy Ludwig, said the Remote Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit provided an opportunity for Indigenous youth to build networks and contacts to assist in their development as strong and valuable members of their communities and the broader Australian community. "Young Indigenous people are often challenged by the university environment, and the summit has provided an opportunity for participants to strengthen their Indigenous identity to work through the challenges of operating in new and challenging environments:' Ms Ludwig said "These young people are paving a bright future for themselves, their peers, families and communities." "Being able to work with computers and to speak, read, write, learn and communicate in English and to apply these skills in life have been viewed as essential by those who have educational aspirations for themselves, their family and community," Ms Robertson said "At present people are saying that they feel 'locked out' and that English literacy was the key." Mentors 'key to improving education outcomes' In response, CDU's Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership organised an LLN workshop with experts from across Australia to stimulate local dialogue and share best-practice examples to improve Indigenous adult English LLN in the Northern Territory. This event was held in November and involved over 75 people from more than 25 organisations and government departments. The workshop laid the foundation for the development of a Northern Territory Strategy for Indigenous Adult English LLN. SHEPHERDSON College in the remote Indigenous community of Galiwin'ku has taken a new approach to Indigenous student mentoring. Indigenous mentors from a local Indigenous research organisation, Yalu Marnggithinyaraw, have been working with students to support them in learning both Indigenous and academic skills and knowledge. Establishing relationships between students and mentors has been an important part of the program. The mentors have developed relationships with the students through activities such as sports and telling stories. This has progressed to teaching culture and activities specific to academic learning. The mentors lead group reading and writing activities for students to practise their English language, literacy and numeracy. The students also have been learning about Indigenous cultural protocols, which help them understand how they can relate better to other students and teachers. The workshop investigated adult LLN from many perspectives including social and community capacity-building models. Indigenous Student Services Helping our Indigenous students succeed at univers ity through: --7 Academic support --7 Pastoral care --7 Advocacy --7 Culturally sa fe study centres on three CDU campuses cdu.edu.au/oiss I oissreception[(kdu.edu.au I 08 8946 6479