On 3 and 4 November 2016, 100 language educators from around the country came together in Adelaide for the National Indigenous Languages Teaching and Employment Forum. In February a DRAFT Summary of issues and recommendations distributed to forum participants, for review and comment.
The Summary of issues and recommendations has been developed into a draft strategy which gives context detail around each of the points raised.
The Draft Indigenous Language Teaching and Employment Strategy can be downloaded here: Draft-Indigenous-Languages-Teaching-and-Employment-Strategy-3-October.pdf
First Languages Australia very much appreciates educators time in reviewing the document and providing comments with consideration of teachers in their regions.
The draft contains a small number of examples which we feel help tell the story. If there are stories from your region which you feel make good examples of best practice, please get in contact so that we can include them.
Likewise, we would love to be able to show the diversity of school programs through pictures. If you have photographs to contribute, we would be glad to hear from you.
We ask that comments and contributions are received by the 31st of October. If you will need additional time, please let us know as soon as possible.
Once the feedback and other contributions are incorporated, the document will be shared with Ministers and Departmental heads in each state and territory.
DRAFT Summary of issues and recommendations
On 3 and 4 November 2016, 100 language educators from around the country came together in Adelaide for the National Indigenous Languages Teaching and Employment Forum.
This historic event gathered state and territory education authorities, teaching institutions, language centres and community language teachers, to work toward a coordinated approach for the training and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language teachers.
It was a significant journey for many with dedicated language teachers from as far as away Kalumburu, Coconut Island, Maningrida and Hopevale attending with their departmental colleagues. The diversity of expertise and experience in the room was inspiring for all who took part.
At the below link is a DRAFT Summary of issues and recommendations, that represents the major points collected throughout the forum. It outlines the keys issues that were expressed in varied presentations and discussions, and the suggestions made towards their resolution.
Once additional contributions from participants are incorporated, the Summary will form the framework of a more comprehensive document outlining current actions in each jurisdiction, available training, and details of actions required moving forward. The document will again be distributed to participants for feedback prior to its delivery to Ministers and Departmental heads in each state and territory.
Download the summary here.