Wednesday, 07 July 2021
Charles Darwin University
CDU’s Mobile Adult Learning Unit (MALU) was at the Barunga Festival over the June long weekend
CDU’s Mobile Adult Learning Unit (MALU) was at the Barunga Festival over the June long weekend

Mobile classroom back on the road

Charles Darwin University (CDU) got its satellite equipped Mobile Adult Learning Unit (MALU) classroom back on the road as a part of the Barunga Festival held over the June long weekend.

People descend on the small remote community of Barunga, near Katherine, to camp and take part in a program of music, sport, traditional arts and cultural activities, welcomed by the Traditional Owners.

CDU was present at the festival with a stall and a large contingent of staff who attended the festival with children enjoying the entertainment provided on board the mobile classroom from the construction simulators.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman visited the festival with his wife Anita and was pleased to see the MALU up and running again, thanks to the efforts of the automotive team in getting it ready.

Team Leader Automotive, Transport and Civil Leith Darrach said CDU’s two MALUs are deployed across the Territory teaching a wide range of traditional trades and pathway courses developed in consultation with the local community. 

“It’s important that we ensure our continued presence in the Territory in the regions,” Mr Darrach said.

“It was great to have a physical presence at Barunga. We want to get back out to communities as much as we can, now the MALU is more mobile and we can increase our professional presence.”

The mobile classroom has travelled across the Territory to Alice Springs, Adelaide River, Daly River and Dundee Beach, providing delivery of courses in remote areas.