A group of seven Anangu women from the South Australia’s most remote and disadvantaged region have triumphed over adversity, graduating from university with a teaching qualification.
The women, who all live on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, have earned teaching qualifications from the University of South Australia that they will use to teach and inspire others.
The graduation ceremony marked the end of a 14-year journey for Angela Kani George, who has a Bachelor of Teaching (Anangu Education).
I wanted to be a Anangu teacher in a Fregon school
It’s important for our children because they are learning two languages, English and Pitjantjatjara.
The UniSA Anangu Tertiary Education Program prepares Anangu students to become independent classroom teachers in their own community schools.
Adelaide co-ordinator Bruce Underwood said the program was successful as it allowed people to gain a teaching qualification while remaining in their own community, except for placements and occasional workshop in Adelaide.
The other alternative would be to have non-Aboriginal teachers spending a short amount of time in the community – about two years is the usual length of time These people provide stability in the schools.
UniSA Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement and Research Dean Peter Buckskin said the women’s achievements were a real reason for APY Lands communities to celebrate.
It’s fantastic to see very competent bilingual teachers in the APY Lands as they build a better relationship between school and home and a better interpretation of the curriculum that is much more culturally relevant
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