Teaching in partnership with the Yambirrpa schools

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education's partnership with the Yambirrpa schools (Yirrkala and Laynhapuy Homelands) provides the opportunity for pre-service teachers to complete their final practicum placement in North East Arnhem Land and Yuendumu.

Community-led education

The Yambirrpa schools (Yirrkala and Laynhapuy Homelands) have been committed to developing learning alongside local Indigenous knowledge systems for decades, commonly referred to as Both Ways learning and teaching. The Melbourne Graduate School of Education have partnered with the schools to facilitate practicum placements for pre-service teachers.

Having an understanding of the cultural practice and protocols prior to visiting Indigenous communities is important. These videos were designed to support the cultural induction program but also have broader use to the university who visit or work in the community. Significantly, they were co-designed and co-produced by the Yirrkala School and Laynhapuy Homelands School with the Mulka Project and University of Melbourne. This is a Yolŋu led initiative in collaboration with Elders, Yolŋu educators and staff designing and producing the material.

These resources provide an example of the co-production of Indigenous knowledges in curriculum and methods for teaching on country.

Yambirrpa Schools

Yirrkala School

Homeland Schools

Hope for this land: Learning in the classroom and on country

General Information

Language and Culture

Cultural Protocols

Interviews with Educators

Secondary school children in classroom at Yirrkala School, Arnhem Land

Pursuit: Teaching and learning in the homelands

In the Indigenous Homelands of East Arnhem Land, pre-service teachers are learning the value of place and listening.

Article by Bernadette Murphy, University of Melbourne, Lombiŋa Munuŋgurr and Claire Rafferty

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