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Knowledge is Power at Garma Festival

Knowledge is Power (Go to School)

13 Aug 2015
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The Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF) has just held their annual Garma Festival in Gulkula, North East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

The festival showcases the vibrant culture of the Yolngu people and the Key Forum enables discussion about issues of importance among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Australian Government is an ongoing supporter of the Garma Festival and its Youth Forum which brings together school students from all over the country.

This year the Youth Forum included workshops from R U OK, Recognise This (the youth led movement to Recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution) and music and dance workshops with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP).

In the workshops with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, Garma youth participants produced a music video with Emma Donovan about the importance of getting an education, knowledge being power and setting up a good future.

Michael Farah, Manager of Indigenous Hip Hop Projects said that the music video is a IHHP record.

”We recorded, produced, filmed and edited in just over 48 hours. What helped us was the talent of the performers,” he said.

“The great leaders of the Foundation for Young Australians did a great job in running the Youth Forum, and proving that they are deadly singers and performers too,” he said.

The Garma Youth Forum is facilitated by volunteers from the Foundation for Young Australians IMPACT programme and National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA). These programmes aim to inspire young Indigenous people to lead positive change through developing networks of likeminded young people.

Garma Youth Forum Coordinator, Madge Fletcher, worked collaboratively with the local community, YFF, workshop leaders, presenters and school groups to make sure the Youth Forum was a safe and friendly space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.

“It gives the youth the chance to explore, create and communicate with each other and to share knowledge with one another,” she said.

Madge also recognised the importance of involving young leaders in developing the programme for the Youth Forum as it gives youth an opportunity to practice leadership skills.

Denise Bowden, Chief Executive Officer of YYF said a vast and impressive group of youngsters coordinate, run and deliver the Youth Forum themselves and the YYF enjoys the idea of youth being in control of their own agenda and setting a bright future for themselves.

“Who better than the voice of the youth, the next generation, to share with our Garma guests how best to build a national future, working together to find the right fit forward,” she said.

Markari’ritjun Djamarrkuli 
Keep your head up
Keep your head up, listen up

Wake up in the morning and hop on the bus
Hop on the bus, hop on the bus 
Proud of myself cause I know the old way 
Heading to school to, learning the new way

I wanna be teacher, I wanna be a nurse
I wanna get a job, have money in my purse
Put an anchor in the ground. Get an education
Got to put it down for the rest of the nation

I choose to go to school make my family proud 
I need to be strong gotta sing it out loud

Get a strong mind and learn something new
School is for me and school is for you
Personal trainers for our mind
Teachers are there all the time

Helping each other to get us there
Now please listen up cause you know I care

Bondi bondi bondi
Time to go to school
Bondi bondi bondi
Mix old with the new

Markari’ritjun Djamarrkuli
Keep your head up
Keep your head up, listen up

Markari’ritjun Djamarrkuli
Keep your head up
Keep your head up, listen up

Open your mind, open your heart
Don’t be scared to make a start
Providing opportunities
It all starts with you and me

Dharri dharri bungul bungul
Warrpam dhu limurru dhuga djama

This is the place where the story comes from
This is our future, let’s stay strong

Like trees with roots in the ground
We connect to land and water around
Homelands are special, special to our hearts
Dhuwa and yirritja two pieces of the part

Walking 2 ways, unity with culture
Let’s live to learn for our future
Knowledge is power knowledge is key
To open up doors for you and me

Bondi bondi bondi
Time to go to school
Bondi bondi bondi
Mix old with the new

Markari’ritjun Djamarrkuli
Keep your head up
Keep your head up, listen up

Markari’ritjun Djamarrkuli
Keep your head up
Keep your head up, listen up

I’m in year one, school is so much fun
Come on everybody get to school
Let’s learn something new

Let’s live to learn, let’s learn to live
Let’s live to learn, let’s learn to live

Markari’ritjun Djamarrkuli
Keep your head up
Keep your head up, listen up

Markari’ritjun Djamarrkuli
Keep your head up
Keep your head up, listen up

We are the people of this land
Knowledge from our culture
Education for our future
They are equally as important
So let’s bring them together

Keep your head up
Keep your head up, listen up

Bondi bondi bondi
Time to go to school
Bondi bondi bondi
Mix old with the new

Find out more

The Australian Government through indigenous.gov.au was a proud sponsor of the Garma Youth Festival in 2015.  

Garma is Australia’s most significant Indigenous event, and a model for self-determination, reconciliation, Indigenous knowledge sharing and exchange.

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