Skip to main content

Supporting
Education

Education

GEAT is always seeking new ways to provide education and to support educational initiatives on Eylandt.  Discussions have been held with other organisations regarding the opportunity to collaborate on this important social issue.  Despite efforts  being made to encourage children to attend school and to foster a love of life - long learning the outcomes of actual attendance have been disappointing.

While GEAT Board recognises that other social issues are challenging the ability of children to attend school, it has engaged with the QuickSmart UNE program to  deliver educational curriculum in accordance with a strict set of key performance indicators based on the number of children that access and succeed through the program. 

GEAT is also exploring options to establish a boarding school on Eylandt and researching the Batchelor Institute and NORFORCE indigenous initiatives.

The establishment of Multimedia and Cultural Enterprise Centres (Centres) in Angurugu, Umbakumba, Milyakburra and within the Dugong Beach Resort precinct at Alyangula. 

The Centres are utilised by all community members particularly youth and elders to positively engage in activities that are culture-based while also utilising modern technology to archive, share and create cultural content using various mediums. 

The design of the Centres are informed through further consultation with Traditional Owners. The Centres are equipped with ‘safe keeping’ places including clan songs, stories, artefacts, videos and photographs, genealogy archiving facilities, language centres, visual arts, media recording and editing facilities including music recording studios and photographic display areas. 

The establishment of Multimedia and Cultural Enterprise Centres (Centres) in Angurugu, Umbakumba, Milyakburra and within the Dugong Beach Resort precinct at Alyangula has seen awareness and engagement enhanced as cultural material is made more accessible.

The Centres are utilised by all community members particularly youth and elders to positively engage in activities that are culture-based while also utilising modern technology to archive, share and create cultural content using various mediums. 

Early Childhood Development
The Centres will host a range of early childhood development programs and activities and work in partnership with early childhood service providers in engaging families in the development of the newborn to five-year-old cohort. 

Partnerships with the Families as First Teachers program and playgroup will also see the Centres being accessed by these and other early childhood service providers in engaging families in early childhood learning that is linked to first
language and culture. These programs and activities will access the rich collection of the Centres’ materials, which include clan songs and stories in enriching the early development of children by grounding them in culture-based learning. 

Schooling
The Centres will be located adjacent to the schools in each community and will offer programs and activities specifically for school-aged children to engage with Anindilyakwa heritage and culture as part of the school curriculum and in after school activities.

Every child will have the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in Anindilyakwa. Students will also be engaged in learning about Anindilyakwa history, kinship system and other pertinent areas to a child’s development and understanding of their heritage and identity as part their clan and community.

A multi-media program will also be developed that engages youth in interacting with a range of media including filming and editing, radio programming and music with the aim of creating different mediums of sharing and promoting Anindilyakwa culture. 

The program will provide young people with technical skills in this field. The program will seek opportunities for young people to promote what they have developed to the wider world, building their skills to operate in both worlds and to potentially develop a viable local industry in this field. The multimedia program will also enable youth to explore their individual interests and talents. This interactive and attractive program will be a natural drawcard for young people and will be linked to a school attendance incentive program. 

Training
History has shown that most  people grow up and choose to live their lives on the Groote archipelago due to their strong connection to family and land. It is also evident that many young people go through schooling without adequate opportunity to explore career pathways or to gain a genuine appreciation for the relevance of an education and how it will benefit them in the realisation of their future economic participation in society.

The Centres will provide training in a range of areas related to cultural activities. The Centres will seek to build the capacity of local people to take responsibility of running the facilities.

Education Support
Related Projects

Boarding school

 GEAT provides financial support for Groote eylandt students to go to boarding school