Learning to take centre stage at Garma Education Fair
Monday 20 June 2016
The Garma Festival is Australia's leading Indigenous cultural exchange event; held annually onsite at remote Gulkula, a traditional Yolngu meeting ground in Arnhem Land. This year the festival will run 29th July – 1st August, and marks a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act.
Hosted, coordinated and programmed entirely by the Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF), Garma attracts an exclusive gathering of 2,500 people, including political, community and business leaders from across the globe. YYF is committed to improving the state of Indigenous disadvantage by engaging community, business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape the national policy agenda.
Garma incorporates visual art, ancient storytelling, dance – including the famous nightly bunggul – and music, as well as important forums and education and training programs relevant to cultural tourism, craft, governance and youth leadership.
This year, Garma 2016 will kick off with a day-long Education Fair to promote the importance of sharing knowledge and a commitment to life-long learning.
Yothu Yindi Foundation CEO Denise Bowden described the Education Fair as the most significant innovation to the Garma program in recent years.
“With hundreds of students from local and interstate schools attending Garma each year, we have a wonderful opportunity to highlight the importance of a well-rounded education in reaching one’s potential,” Mrs Bowden said.
“Education is at the heart of everything we do, and one of the main aims of Garma is to share knowledge, to foster a greater understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.”
Students from Yirrkala School, the Yirrkala Homeland School, Nhulunbuy Primary, Nhulunbuy Secondary, St Columbans, St Francis College, Melbourne Grammar, The Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Vancouver, Xavier College, Maningrida School, Gapuwiyak School, and Nhulunbuy Christian School will be participating and learning about culture in an open learning environment drawn from Yolngu curriculum. Themes such as the history of the land rights movement in Australia, the key role the Yolngu played in its development and its contemporary significance today will be explored through poetry, song-writing and a collaborative artistic project.
The Education Fair will take place at Gulkula on the opening day of Garma
Friday, 29th July.
For more information please visit http://www.yyf.com.au/