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TEACHING AT A REMOTE INDIGENOUS SCHOOL – JARLMADANGAH BURRU IN THE WA WEST KIMBERLEY

15 Oct

CARMEL (L) & EMMA AT JARLMADANGAH

CARMEL (L) & EMMA AT JARLMADANGAH

We hear so often about the importance of delivering relevant education to kids in remote indigenous communities. It’s one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation. So 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 about 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 DerbyNyikina 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 been to, 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 [audio https://rdontheroad.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/sc-jarlmadangah-school.mp3|bg=0x0000ff|righticon=0xff0000]

And read more about the school at http://aics.wa.edu.au/schools/nyikina-mangala-community-school

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