Three students from Parklands High School, Burnie, were selected to participate in a two day teaching workshop at the University of Tasmania Launceston campus in November last year. All workshop activities were designed to incorporate a significant Aboriginal component and included an ochre ceremony at Cataract Gorge, as well as time spent in a lecture theatre and participation in a tutorial.
This opportunity was the result of the Tunapri teaching program at UTAS, which is supported by the MATSITI Project and which runs until the end of 2015 (see more about this project). ‘Tunapri’ means ‘to teach, to know’ in Palawa-Kani language.
The Tunapri program encourages young Aboriginal students to seriously consider teaching as a profession by experiencing a ‘hands on’ approach to the Faculty of Education’s teacher education courses at the University of Tasmania.
See the Parklands High School Newsletter excerpt (PDF) for more information about the school students’ experiences at UTAS.