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Education | 29 August 2016

Introducing our latest project partner: Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation

As an Australian born company, our Indigenous Projects in the Northern Territory are a really important part of our development work and a cause that's close to our hearts.

So we're really excited to announce our latest partnership, with Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, and specifically their 'Learning on Country' program which empowers young Yolŋu people in Yirrkala, Northern Territory. This program helps create positive connections to culture with traditional owners, and improve educational outcomes for Yolŋu youth.

Yirrkala's school students work with Dhimurru's rangers on a range of cultural and environmental topics, and take part in workshops where they learn things like how to collect species data for maths assignments, cultural mapping, through to fire management practices.

What are the benefits of the 'Learning on Country' program?

  • It uses environmental and cultural activities to support classroom learning.
  • It helps to improve attendance of Yolŋu children at school.
  • It empowers young Indigenous Australian students with work experience, preparing them for life after their studies.
  • It prepares young people to care for their environment and impart cultural knowledge to future generations.
  • It builds relationships between young people and highly successful, respected Rangers.

19-year-old Mundatjngu Munuggurr is an example of how this amazing program helps young Yolŋu people along their educational journeys, and into their careers.

She's one of the two young students who recently completed their Year 12 studies in 2015, graduating from Yirrkala School in the Northern Territory. (We recently told you about Gutiŋarra the Mulka Project's youngest film-maker who has overcome many barriers since birth, including being legally deaf. Visit our Journal page to learn more!)

Taking a keen interest in rangers' work, Mundatjngu took her studies a step further, and graduated with a Certificate Level II in Conservation and Land Management. After much commitment and work experience at Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, she landed her first full-time job with the organisation this year.

She has big hopes of one day imparting her own experiences and knowledge to other young people in the region, and wants to become a ranger facilitator. What an inspiration!

Photo Credits: Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation

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Home to the Yolŋu people, the oldest culture in Australia, Yirrkala is remote community located in Northeast Arnhem Land, in Australia's Northern Territory. Since 2013, we've been working in partnership with Yirrkala, delivering a number of development projects supporting indigenous youth, including the recent expansion of the 'Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre'.
Our latest partnership with Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, and their 'Learning on Country' program helps empower young people through cultural activities and education.
Working alongside community leaders, our aim is to support initiatives which help create a positive connection to culture and improve educational outcomes for young people.

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