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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027



ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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

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ALC 15 year Strategic Plan 6. Goal B: Best Practice Service Delivery 59 HEARING DIFFICULTIES AND LEARNING As part of the implementation of the RPA Stage 2, the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation is working closely with schools across the Groote archipelago. The following facts and extracts of communication have been provided to the ALC for consideration. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the prevalence of Otitis Media within Indigenous communities ranges from 40% to 70% compared to only 5% in more advantaged populations around the world. In Australia, chronic ear infections affect up to 40% or more of Indigenous children living in remote areas. The unacceptably high incidence of Otitis Media in Indigenous communities is having a devastating effect on educational outcomes. Impaired hearing has been associated with poor school achievement for Indigenous students, who are unable to hear correctly in the classroom and are thus placed at significant disadvantage, particularly in reading and language acquisition (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012). With the onset of Otitis Media emerging at a very young age, the ability of these Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to develop the skills that form the foundation necessary to learn to read and write successfully is severely compromised. Action is urgently required. Various teachers in Groote Eylandt schools tell me that they have been told their class members in the early years are experiencing chronic Otitis Media. They are reporting that as many as 75% of the class members are experiencing hearing loss with 25% of the class experiencing hearing loss to such an extent that they should receive an amplification device (such as a hearing cap, hearing aid or amplified sound in the classroom via a specially designed microphone that the teacher wears). Unfortunately, they are also saying that the children do not tolerate these devices. Mary-Ruth Mendel, ALNF Founder. Groote Eylandt children are experiencing multiple barriers to school-based reading. The ALNF Early Literacy and Language program specifically addresses the following two barriers: Challenged developmental growth in the cognitive and sensory perceptual skills required for reading development Poor pre-literacy development that requires compensatory strategies for hearing loss and other language learning difficulties. In this Phase One of the ALNF program, children in participating learning sites/classrooms have already shown promising positive learning growth. However, not all class teachers have fully implemented the ALNF Early Literacy and Language strategies or utilised the resources provided in Anindilyakwa and English. Discernible gains can be shown through the test results for those children who have had the benefit of committed teachers though the early phase of this project. The ALNF is concerned

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