Going Back to Lajamanu – Bilingual Education in the N.T.

This website contains resources and clips from a Four Corners’ report last year called, “Going Back to Lajamanu”.  It was a report about the Northern Territory Government’s decision to dismantle the bilingual language programs in government schools.  This relates directly to week six’ topic which deals with language maintenance.  What is particularly disturbing are the feelings that Aboriginal teachers have about these policies – how they feel disvalued as teachers and as a community, with little or no consultation over language policy.  A particularly powerful interview is recorded with Connie Nungarrayi a former teaching assistant (AEW) in Yuendumu community.  There is also an interesting interview with the Chairman of Yirrkala School where Yolngu is taught in a bilingual program.



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