KIMBERLEY

TEACHING AT A REMOTE INDIGENOUS SCHOOL

CARMEL (L) & EMMA AT JARLMADANGAH
CARMEL (L) & EMMA AT JARLMADANGAH

It’s one of our most important responsibilities, and one of our biggest challenges – delivering relevant education to kids in remote indigenous communities.

It was a real pleasure to visit just such a community and see a school that’s doing just that – mixing the three Rs with local language, culture and knowledge.

Jarlmadangah Burru is a three hour drive from Broome – in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. It’s on Mount Anderson Station, just over an hour’s drive from Derby. Nyikina Mangala Community School was established in 2000 to provide an appropriate educational service for the local kids.

It’s not the most remote community I’ve seen, but it’s one of the smallest – full time population of under 100. People wanted a school established so their kids could stay in the community and learn local stories and languages, as well as reading writing and arithmetic.

If you want to run a school in a place like Jarlmadangah, you’ve got to find teachers who are prepared to live in the community and stay a while. They’ve been very fortunate to find Carmel Leahy and Emma Sookee – who love living and working here.

Listen to my interview here

 

And read more about the school here

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