To begin this weekly blog, I will try set the scene as best I can so you can all understand where I am going next, where I have been and how I got here.
In 2013, I started my Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary) with a double major in Psychology and Health & Human Development. I have always had a passion for educating children not only in their school education but also in their personal and life skills development. I am consistently looking for opportunities that allow me to do so.
I have volunteered for the Smith Family Project in low socio-economic areas as well as held employment with the Department of Education's "Activated" project aiming to get rural and remote children confident and active. Then, earlier this year I volunteered in remote Northern Territory for a month in Rockhole, Binjari and Ngukurr Indigenous Communities with Linkz. This program is aimed at early childhood and youth development services to Indigenous children, youth and their families.
Below is a link to the Rockhole Rap that Rockhole kids created themselves with the help of Indigenous Hip Hop Project.
The above opportunities have led me to employment at Bug-A-Lugs as an outside school hours carer and also working each Saturday. I love working here at Bug-A-Lugs because of the family atmosphere that is demonstrated in all aspects of the centre. The 'My Time, Our Place' framework ties in extremely well with my passion for developing life and personal skills of children.
My Northern Territory Adventure continues next month as I head up into Mungoordada Community nestled on Kiana Station. My role on this station is to educate both Indigenous and non- Indigenous children as well as being attentive to students' other needs. Mungoordada community speaks Garawa language. The number of people in this community varies due to Indigenous peoples nomadic lifestyles.
The school day for these children starts by the children arriving, washing their clothes and uniforms cooking breakfast before they start their lessons.
I will be heading out to this community right before the Wet Season begins. During the wet season many people can not enter or leave as the creeks flood and cut off access to roads. I am lucky in that the main homestead, where I will be living, has both a plane and helicopter.
I'll upload a blog each week describing what myself and the kids are up to!
Watch this space.