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Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council



Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council

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Anindilyakwa Land Council newsletter


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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Date:2012-11; October/November; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




Groote Eylandt (N.T.); Anindilyakwa Land Council; Aboriginal Australians; Land tenure; Periodicals

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Issue 11, October/November 2012 Edition

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CMYK SPOT A | 15 Ayakwa | October/ November 2012 Issue 11 Focus on reading and writing Health screening for healthy kids Groote Eylandts local mining company celebrated national Indigenous Literacy Day with its employees in September. GEMCO put on an afternoon at Alyangula School for Indigenous employees to bring their families for activities on iPads, hand printing on a canvas, a tour of the school library and listening to stories in Anindilyakwa and English. There was also face painting, a jumping castle and a barbecue dinner. GEMCO gave each child and their family a backpack full of literacy resources including stickers and books. National Indigenous Literacy Day is an initiative of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Each year the charity raises money for programs to address low literacy levels of Indigenous children living in remote communities around Australia. Foundation director Karen Williams said only one in five children living in a remote Indigenous community can read and write to the accepted minimum level. Less than 36 per cent of people living in a remote community have access to a library. The statistics are shocking and we need to level the playing field so that all Australian children have equal opportunities, Karen said. The Foundation delivers tens of thousands of books to children each year. Groote Eylandt Linguistics joined in the local celebrations, with linguists reading books in language at the celebration. The Linguistics team has delivered 4800 copies of language books made by the community with the help of famous author, Alison Lester, to Groote Eylandt homes. Health professionals from Groote and Darwin spent the day at Angurugu School testing students aged between five and 15 for trachoma and haemoglobin and immunising for measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus. The students spent the day in rotations, spending their waiting time on the jumping castle, iPad stations, having their faces painted or being entertained by Captain Starlight. Angurugu Health Centre provided healthy food packs for the students to take home. Principal Kristie Lloyd said good health was a key platform for getting a good education. Healthy bodies keep minds healthy, Kristie said. arTy: Deanna Turner does hand painting on canvas. TEaCHInG LITEraCy: rhoda Lalara and Sylvia Tkac read to the children. rEaDy To rEaD: a barunga visitor joins in the local celebrations. barbECuE: Melva Wurramara enjoys the afternoon out with grandson, Tylson Mamarika. angurugu School partnered with nT Health for a day of health screening. EDuCaTIon

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