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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027

Details:

Title

ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027

Creator

Anindilyakwa Land Council

Collection

Anindilyakwa Land Council annual report; Anindilyakwa Land Council strategic plan; Reports; PublicationNT

Date

2012

Notes

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Anindilyakwa Land Council (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Groote Eylandt -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Anindilyakwa Land Council

Place of publication

Alyangula

Volume

2012-2027

Copyright owner

Anindilyakwa Land Council

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/254602

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/529654

Page content

ALC 15 year Strategic Plan 6. Goal B: Best Practice Service Delivery 58 Essential Service delivery Culture-based enterprises BOARDING SCHOOLS There has been significant investment by both the NT Government and GEBIE to support students wishing to attend boarding schools on the mainland. This has been of limited success to date. Most students return to the island for ceremonies and funerals and do not return to school. It is currently the policy of the AETB to not support large-scale boarding school attendance but rather address the inadequacy of current education on the island. The ALC supports this policy. RESIDENTIAL FACILITY The ALC, in conjunction with other stakeholders, is investigating the possibility of establishing an on-island residential facility for Year 5 and 6 students. The learning facility would be an attempt to prevent a further generation of students who are disengaged from schooling. The ALC envisages that the facility would be situated away from the township of Angurugu and managed by largely Indigenous staff where students can maintain a regular routine of meals, classes and recreational activities. The ALC is proposing to investigate and learn from the success of similar initiatives across the country. LINKING SCHOOL ATTENDANCE WITH WELFARE PAYMENTS Both the Federal and Territory governments have moved to deduct Centrelink payments and to implement additional fines to the parents of children who consistently do not attend school. This has received the support of the ALC Executive Board and with community leaders across the three communities. REBUILD ANGURUGU SCHOOL The community of Angurugu remains entrenched in a cycle of youth being disengaged from the local school. This is a complex multi-faceted issue, which requires a comprehensive response. Issues include ongoing overcrowded housing, lack of options for students to see pathways from schooling into meaningful pathways and jobs and substance misuse. Coupled with these challenges, Angurugu School suffers from gloomy and inadequate infrastructure. In the 1960s to 1980s when alcohol and petrol sniffing was rampant in Groote Eylandt communities, Angurugu School was created as a highly-secure facility with security screens and military-style layout. The general consensus is that it has the appearance of a detention centre. Based on the population size of Angurugu and an equitable basis with rest of Australia, such a structure would not be tolerated for a school. The ALC is lobbying for a rebuild of the school; an indicative figure to rebuild it is about $15 million.


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