5 December 2017
Traditional owners call for boarding school

THE ALC is considering setting up a boarding school to help address poor school attendance levels.

Groote Eylandt children have some of the worst attendance in the country and a group of Anindilyakwa women are passionately leading change.

In November a meeting of 44 people – mostly Traditional Owners – discussed whether a boarding school could be a solution.

ALC chair Tony Wurramarrba said it was time to take a more extreme approach.

“Education is our future,” Tony said. “If we don’t educate our children, our people won’t have a healthy future.”

He said a boarding school would be set up so parents that wanted to visit children could go there and stay.

The ALC met with NT Education Minister Eva Lawler and Local Member Selena Uibo in November and received strong support.

The ALC has formed a Community School Reference Group and commissioned an independent expert report.