E-news Issue 6
Monday, 09 August 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
The Bidjipidji School Camp Program is being run for the first time at CDU to provide Indigenous students in years 10, 11 and 12 with an opportunity to experience university life for themselves.
The Bidjipidji School Camp Program is being run for the first time at CDU to provide Indigenous students in years 10, 11 and 12 with an opportunity to experience university life for themselves.

Aboriginal school students get a taste for life at university

Aboriginal school students are being given the opportunity to experience a taste of university life at Charles Darwin University (CDU) as a part of a new school camp program.

The Bidjipidji School Camp Program held from 28 August to 1 September 2021 is a fully supervised, four-night residential program designed to provide Indigenous students in years 10, 11 and 12 with an opportunity to experience university life for themselves.

The program is coordinated by the Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Regional Outreach (OPVCILRO) to promote and encourage positive post school pathways into further education.

During the 2021 Bidjipidji school camp, students will be introduced to tertiary studies and meet fellow students from around the Northern Territory with an extensive timetable including academic sessions, cultural activities, excursions and night activities.

The Bidjipidji program aims to assist students in identifying their paths of interest and identifying the subject prerequisites required for further study in that field. The program will combine expertise from the colleges, Indigenous Leadership portfolio and industries for an all-round comprehensive and unique experience.

The program aims to nurture the leadership, growth and development of all participants with a culturally relevant, fun and engaging program of activities.

CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Regional Outreach Professor Reuben Bolt said the program empowered students to make strong decisions to help shape their future.

“The Bidjipidji School Camp Program provides an opportunity for Indigenous students in the Territory to experience our campuses,” Professor Bolt said.

“Programs like this helps us to change the narrative that university study is too hard. Of course, it will require dedication and perseverance, however getting that in-depth immersion will be part of the solution.”

The students will visit CDU’s Open Day at Marrarra Stadium in Darwin on 29 August where participants will be exposed to the vast array of courses delivered by CDU including Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs and Higher Education courses.

CDU will arrange travel for students from Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs to its Casuarina campus in Darwin. All accommodation, meals and transport are provided for the duration of the program.