Ngarrindjeri Literacy and Information Technology Project PDF Print E-mail
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Wayne Campbell, Language Teacher
This program started in 1999 as a one-year project through the Indigenous Strategic Education Initiative Program, which was funded through the Department of Education,Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA).

THE aim of the program is to develop a high standard of Ngarrindjeri literacy and numeracy through Information and Technology within the local school community. Our IT project is situated in the Lower Murray Nungas Club and is also benefiting community members.

This is an informal learning environment using Information Technology, which attempts to meet the needs of individual members of the community at all levels. The Lower Murray Nungas Club is part of a complex, which includes Tangglun Piltengi Yunti (Standing Strong Together) Community Development Employment Program (CDEP), Murray Lands Training and Employment and the Minya Polar Creche (childcare).

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Bob McLean assisting students
Essentially, the concept is that the teaching of Ngarrindjeri language with the use of computers will help to maintain and preserve the language for many years to come. Visual and Oral programs are the main source of our materials. Director 7 for instance provides computer users the opportunity to animate and illustrate stories. PowerPoint provides a slide show presentation of a story or a word to an audience.

In 1999 there were 7 tutor / mentors and 2 coordinators. Many of these staff moved on to other jobs, while 2 were left to manage in 2000.

In an average week, approximately 65 students ranging from year 4 to year 8 attend language lessons using the computers at the centre.

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The informal learning environment
The teaching staff consists of a local member of the Aboriginal Community and a non-indigenous ex-teacher. Wayne Campbell and Bob McLean have been with the project since it began in 1999. Wayne has had the opportunity to develop his skills by being involved in a similar project in Bourke, New South Wales.

Yaitya Warra Wodli Language Centre has provided funding for this language project and we are grateful to them for their support. We hope that the project will continued to be funded for this very important work of teaching the language.