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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


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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 | 7 Ayakwa | October/ November 2012 Issue 11 QuaLIFIED: Vail Wurramara learned what he needed to get his certificate. InPuT: Local women take part in discussions. Day ouT: Elaine Mamarika, Mildred Mamarika, Jenny barabara and agnes Mamarika. DEVELoPMEnT: Marissa Wurramara holds a balloon next to the head of nora amagula (age 3). The balloon shows the size of a three-year-olds brain when the child is healthy, loved and has strong culture. Education leaders call for men to get involved in schooling The board meets every two months to be a community voice for 0 to 25-year-olds. I ts v is ion is : Ngarruwurra-Kawuruma Akumamurikajeyiniyada, which means that two-way learning, culture and respect is what Groote Eylandt education should be about. ALC Chairperson Tony Wurramarrba said it was important that children were supported to learn. Parents must take more control and responsibility in encouraging children to go to school, Tony said. At the moment women are more involved in the school system, especially the grandmothers. Id like to see more men getting involved with the schools. We need men to take part in activities within the school to be a role model for all the young boys. College director Mark Monaghan said it was important that schools worked together. If one of our schools is struggling, we are all struggling, Mark said. It is important that young children have healthy homes and lives so that their brain can develop properly, women learned at a workshop. The workshop at Dugong Beach Resort taught participants that if a brain did not grow properly in the early years, the child would never catch up. A highlight of the morning was the balloon activity where three inflated balloons representing a brain at birth, three years and in adulthood were passed around. Participant Natalie Murrungun said the balloons encouraged a lot of conversation about brain development and the link between healthy babies and healthy mothers. Weve been learning about the brain and what it needs to develop and what makes a baby healthy and happy things such as giving a baby healthy food and not junk food, Natalie said. Another participant, Alison Wurrawilya said they learned that lots of things could be done to help a baby develop. Small things are important, such as a tidy house so the kids are not sick, and giving babies lots of sleep, Allison said. Its also important for mum to be healthy during and after pregnancy, the mother-of-three said. The workshop was organised by Child and Family Leader Michelle McColm and Anne Hanning from the Menzies School of Health and Research. It was attended by mothers, Indigenous support staff and teachers. Michelle said it was important that young children had a sense of their own identity, culture and spirituality. More workshops are planned across Ngakwurra langwa College to continue discussions. Women learn about helping babies brains to grow ngakwurra langwa College advisory board held its most recent meeting at Thomson bay. ToP STorIES