Issue 18
Monday, 10 October 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Associate Professor James Smith (left) and other members of the Whole of Community Engagement initiative at CDU’s Tennant Creek centre
Associate Professor James Smith (left) and other members of the Whole of Community Engagement initiative at CDU’s Tennant Creek centre

Unique project strengthens rural education

By Katie Weiss

A Charles Darwin University-led initiative has been recognised for adopting a unique approach to remote Indigenous community engagement in Northern Australia.

The Whole of Community Engagement initiative, run through the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, recently won an award at the 2016 Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA) conference.

Program manager of the initiative, Associate Professor James Smith said the award acknowledged CDU’s strong partnerships with local stakeholders from the six communities that the initiative operated in.

Dr Smith said the project aimed to strengthen higher education pathways for remote Indigenous people in the communities of Galiwin’ku, Yirrkala, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Tennant Creek and Yuendumu.

“The initiative is a collective effort that shows the true value of culturally respectful community engagement work and aims to promote pathways into further education,” he said.

At the SPERA conference, the project was awarded the Australian Rural Education Award, which included a trophy and $500 prize.

For more information about the initiative, visit W: remotengagetoedu.com.au/