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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT






Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs.; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


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News Corp Australia



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04 NEWS TUESDAY MAY 5 2020 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Grants to help each other GRANTS to support locallyled activities and projects for suicide prevention are now open to individuals, community groups and non-government organisations. The grants are valued from $500 through to $10,000 to assist in awareness raising for suicide and suicide prevention to build inclusive communities and strengthen community resilience, address stigma and discrimination, and raise awareness of effective suicideprevention practices. Health Minister Natasha Fyles said programs such as this ensure the ongoing wellbeing of vulnerable Territorians as the community adjusts to the new normal. Awareness raising for suicide and suicide prevention is always important, particularly during this extended period of physical isolation due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, she said. Grant schemes such as this that help Territorians in their time of need and increase community awareness directly from grassroots community groups are pivotal in key target audiences. Educating remote area STEVE MENZIES YIRARA College has been ahead of the curve in ensuring education is delivered to its students who cannot attend school due to COVID-19 restrictions. When faced with the dilemma of how to deliver remote learning, staff knew that not all their students, who have returned to remote communities, had access to reliable internet or suitable devices. Yirara College principal Chris England said the school had to consider alternatives. Yiraras plan in the final weeks of Term 1 was to produce a daily television show to be aired on Indigenous Community Television, YouTube and Facebook. And so Yirara2u was born. The concept was for Yira ra2u to incorporate a workbook and the daily episode aired on ICTV for students to follow along and complete their school work remotely. There are challenges enough with remote teaching. When coupled with re mote communities, often with little to no internet and at best only a few connected devices, our staff had to really put their thinking caps on to come up with a plan, Mr England said. And they had to work fast. In addition, our staff are making hundreds of phone calls to families and students. We are also working with some remote schools, like Minyerri, who help with facilities and services and we thank them for that. We are thrilled with the result and very happy that we are able to keep our students engaged and learning during these difficult and uncertain times. By the end of Term 1 (April 9), staff had created and compiled 10 weeks worth of workbooks and planned all of the episodes for Term 2. Packs of workbooks were mailed out to students during the term break so they had them ready for the start of Term 2. The first daily episode of Yirara2u went to air on Tuesday, April 22. The episodes cover more than numeracy and literacy. They include: Pathways, which is producing videos about VET courses and work options; Boarding, who are chipping in with life skills and life lessons; Student support, which is focusing on health and mental wellbeing And finally the Girls Academy and Clontarf who are concentrating on sport and physical wellbeing Qld education had its first broadcast on April 29. The NZ Government announced in early April that it would spend $87.7 million delivering education via TV. Yirara College staff members Daniel Myer and Shane McAuliffe preparing workbook deliveries. . Picture: SUPPLIED WITH US #StopTheSpread Yeperenye will continue to support hand-in-hand with our retailers and community. Stay upto date on the latest with Central Australia's premier community hub & shopping centre. @yeperenyeshoppingcentre CONNECT @yeperenyeshoppingcentre FOLLOW AND LIKE US ON FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM 43 Elder St, Alice Springs | p 08 8952 1844 Monday to Friday 7am - 5pm | Saturday 8am - 12pm ALICE SPRINGS For all your tradie needs in Alice Springs Stocking Commercial Rubber, Industrial Products & Machinery, Generator & Safety Products, Building consumables, Fasteners & Screws. Dealers for Rigid Tools, Dewalt Power Products, Crommlins Industrial Machines, CJ Perry Generation, Farmbot, Heritage Water Tanks, Teampoly Tanks & more. .:I Find us on all Facebook