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Newslines Radio: Education for a Stronger Future in the NT – part two

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06:14
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Nathan Ramsay
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Teresita Puruntatameri, Strong Women’s Group, Tiwi NT
Judith Puruntatameri, Strong Women’s Group, Tiwi NT
Deanna Kennedy, IEO, Beswick, NT
Mavis Kerinaiua, IEO, Tiwi Islands NT

11 Apr 2013
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Through Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory, the Australian Government has made a 10 year commitment to support Aboriginal communities throughout the NT in areas people said are most important to them.

Many Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory have said they want their children get a good education; that parents should be responsible for sending their children to school every day; and that children also need good teachers.

As part of Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory, support for parents and grandparents to get their children to school, and help make many remote NT schools even better will be provided. More teachers will also be put into remote schools and local people will be trained for jobs in education.

In this Newslines Radio program we spoke to prominent members in the Tiwi Islands and the Beswick community in the NT about why they think schooling and education is important for their children and grandchildren.

PRESENTER: Hi, I’m Nathan Ramsay and you’re listening to Newslines Radio, an Australian Government program on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

Today we’re going to hear from community members in the Tiwi Islands and the Beswick community about why they think education is important, which is a key focus of Stronger Futures.

PRESENTER: Many Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory have said it is important to them that their children get a good education; that parents should be responsible for sending their children to school every day; and that children also need good teachers.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory will provide support for parents and grandparents to get their children to school, and help make many remote NT schools even better.

As part of Stronger Futures, more teachers will be put into remote schools. The teachers will be well trained and will get extra help to teach children with special needs. Local people from the community will also be trained for jobs in education — to help teachers or to become teachers themselves.

The Strong Women’s group on Bathurst Island in the Tiwi’s play an important role in the community, teaching the younger people about traditional arts and culture. The Strong Women’s group also believe strongly in education and encourage kids to go to school and work hard.

We chatted to Strong Women’s Group member and grandmother of 13, Teresita Puruntatameri about her hopes for her grandkids’ future.

PURUNTATAMERI: I am hoping that after they finish year 10, I hope that they go away to study, two years in say St Johns College or Kormilda to finish up and come back and my hopes for them is that I would like to see them to be like job and office manager, store managers, nurse, principal, club manager, maybe even a chief executive officer of the Shire Council.

I think by education, by going to school and also from cultural perspectives and linking that together with our culture and education and linking that together makes a Tiwi person strong.

PRESENTER: Judith Puruntatameri, who is also from the Strong Women’s Group in Tiwi says that one of their biggest responsibilities is talking to kids about education and encouraging them to go to school so they can then get jobs.

PURUNTATAMERI: The issues that we talk about is taking good responsibility for the education of our children. That is the biggest responsibility and the other thing is when you are turning 18 or 19 or 20 going up we talk to the young people – get a job, go back to school.

Education for the children is very important because that is where they are going to find out and learn something for the future. If not they go to school everyday they learn something, a word, what it means so they will have no problem when they grow.

PRESENTER: Tiwi Island’s Indigenous Engagement Officer, Mavis Kerinaiua, explains to us that education is important for her community because young people are our future leaders.

KERINAIUA: We are having a lot of people here finishing off high school too and going away or going away over to Melville Island College. We do have our futures leaders, through our school. The Xavier Community College we have our leadership team there called the Tapalinga Mob and they are young people that that are finishing off their high school and they play an important part because they are the future leaders.

PRESENTER: Mavis enjoys being able to help the future leaders of her community.

KERINAIUA: It is good working with those future leaders and grooming them up to run the community in all different areas, whether it is through working with Government or health or school or housing.

PRESENTER: Newslines also spoke to the Beswick Indigenous Engagement Officer, Deanna Kennedy. Deanna also feels strongly about the importance of education for kids in her community.

KENNEDY: I think that education is the key to success and it doesn’t matter where or what you do, without education you wouldn’t be doing what I am doing or what others are doing for the community.

PRESENTER: Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory is the Australian Government’s $3.4 billion investment over ten years to work with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory to build strong, independent lives, where communities, families and children are safe and healthy.

To find out more about Stronger Futures, check out the links on our website, Indigenous.gov.au. You can also follow Closing the Gap on Twitter, and like Indigenous.gov.au on Facebook.

I’m Nathan Ramsay, thanks for listening to Newslines Radio.

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Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory is a $3.4 billion investment and responds directly to what Aboriginal people told the Government was important to them.

Stronger Futures is directed to improving the lives of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, particularly those living in remote communities and town camps, who experience much higher levels of disadvantage than anywhere else in Australia.