Karrayili: adult education in a remote Australian community

McGinty, Sue, Jimbidie, Tarungka Irene, and Smiler, Pangkaylala Gail (2000) Karrayili: adult education in a remote Australian community. Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, Australia.

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This book tells the story of the Karrayili Adult Education Centre from its early days to the present, and the challenge of meeting the educational needs of a group of people who live a fourth world existence in one of the world's reichest economies. Through the voices of the participants you will learn of the struggles and successes of Karrayili, including the Wangkiyupurnanupurru Radio Station broadcasting in at least six Aboriginal languages, the nationally recognised Mangkaja Arts Centre, and training and employment in the tourism and mining industries. At the heart of Karrayili is the group of senior people who wanted to learn to read and write and understand the white person. Karrayili is a Walmajarri word for 'middle-aged'. In the context of the Karrayili Adult Education Centre it means a place for middle-aged people to meet for educational purposes. Karrayili was established after continuous lobbying in the 1970s, by the Walmajarri people of Fitzroy Crossing. Whether just learning to count from one to ten and to print their own names properly, or wanting to read, write and speak English fluently enough to conduct their own business with government and non-government agencies, the Walmajarri people showed remarkable strength in their resolve to be educated against the odds.

Item ID: 1797
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
Keywords: adult education, indigenous, aboriginal, community
ISBN: 0-85-575347-1
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2008
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION @ 0%
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13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 0%
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