Welcome to ‘Learning on Country’ – Maningrida
The Learning on Country program (LoCP) is a culturally relevant school based program in partnership with the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporations Djelk Ranger’s. The program targets remote Indigenous students in developing skills, knowledge and confidence along a pathway to employment within the Djelk Ranger unit and other local community employment sectors.
The key objectives of the program include;
· Increased student attendance for LoC participants
· Improved student learning, with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, linking VET and curriculum based subjects with experiential ‘on-country’ learning, work experience and Conservation and Land Management (CLM) trainingConservation and Land Management (CLM) training
· Delivering practical and engaging activities that increase the inter-generational transmission of Indigenous traditional and cultural knowledge and customary practice
· Combining Indigenous traditional and cultural learning with western knowledge and technology to provide a strong ‘two-way’ – Bininj and Balanda educational program
Though Maningrida College was a pioneering school of the Learning on Country educational initiative, the program was formally funded by the Federal Government in August 2013 and since then has received strong community recognition and support.
The success of the LoCP in Maningrida is attributed to the genuine commitment of Maningrida College in implementing a strategic framework to support the delivery of the program, and the solid partnership with Djelk Rangers.
In a relatively short time the LoCP has achieved significant outcomes for participating students in employment and Conservation and Land Management (CLM) Certificate I and II completions. Through the program we are nurturing the next generation of Indigenous rangers, leaders and traditional owners to care for country, preserve culture and be strong members of their community.
For further information or general enquiries about Learning on Country Maningrida, please contact the program Coordinator Shane Bailey via email: firstname.lastname@example.org