The Centralian advocate Fri 7 Aug 2009
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v. 63 no. 22
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Centralian Advocate, Friday, August 7, 2009 19 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 7 -A U G -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 1 9 C O L O R : C M Y K 480605/10 NEWS Zoe Naylor ... fallen in love with the Red Centre. Zoes in love with Centre MCLEODS Daughters star Zoe Naylor was blown away by a recent stay at Central Australian tourism venture Longitude 131. Zoe, here for a shoot for Australian Traveller, according to easier.com, said: It was one of the most stimulating places Ive ever been. Language defended Daniel Burdon THE controversial axing of bilingual education programs in the Territory last year has sparked a scathing report. As reported in the Centralian Advocate on Tuesday, a national indigenous languages policy has taken its first steps at a national level, with bilingual education to be considered among a raft of options. The new report report, released in June and titled Gaps in Australias Indigenous Language Policy: Dismantling Bilingual education in the Northern Territory, was written by former Central Australian resident Jo Caffery, with academics Jane Simpson and Patrick McConville. Funded by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Studies, the study highlighted several issues. These included the politics behind the end of bilingual education in the NT, the need for indigenous children to be welleducated in both their traditional and English languages, as well as the history behind the issue. Debated has raged for years on issues including two-way education and teaching methods such as English as a second language and English as a foreign language. But this paper focussed on the Territory Government decision to concentrate on English education for the first four hours of the day all but removing the role of traditional languages from remote schools curriculum. Mr McConville said: Part of the context for the paper was the fact that a national indigenous language policy could be a safeguard, or at least have some protecting for bilingual education. Mr McConville was also involved in the 2005 National Indigenous Language Survey and the resulting report that was released in the same year. He said recommendations made in the report, such as Language Nests and Regional and National Indigenous Language Centres could be the key to preserving languages. But the latest report on the gaps in a national policy cites three primary reasons behind the demise of true bilingual education in the Territory. It said the three primary reasons why this unique form of education should remain in use, and be protected by government policy were: the right of indigenous children to an appropriate education. The second and third reasons were the right for communities to have a say in how their children were educated and the right to maintain indigenous languages. A fourth major point was that bilingual education programs are successful. But the primary barrier was that teachers and assistants were unable or unwilling to take up the role. 6 2 0 6 0 5 / 1 0
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