Life-changing Education: It’s here!

Richard recording with one of our Yolngu producers through the internet. 

Life-changing education: it’s here!

In mid 2017 we gained funding from the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet to create new educational material for Yolngu. We’ve wanted to create resources like this for a long time – and it’s finally here!

Djambatjmarram is a web portal aimed at giving Yolngu access to information they desperately need in a language they can understand. For many Yolngu English is a second or third language, yet it’s how the majority of education and information is delivered. The site is in both English and Yolngu Matha, meaning it’s accessible for those who speak either language, plus is a bilingual learning tool.

It includes videos, podcasts, and a dictionary of difficult words – all designed using Indigenous worldview and driven by questions asked by many Yolngu rather than a set agenda or curriculum that’s been imposed from the outside. Real community driven education that’s accessible and understandable. This means Yolngu can learn the deeper story about important topics such as health and economics, allowing them to come up with their own solutions and be in the driver’s seat of their own lives – whether it’s making informed decisions about their health or discovering opportunities to get into business.

The website has only been active for a few weeks and we’re proud to show it to you in its early stages. It’s being updated every day and it’s a continual process of growing so it becomes an extensive and invaluable resource for Yolngu communities.

It’s such a great tool that will have a big impact on the day-to-day lives and health of Yolngu – please have a look and share the good news.

About Richard Trudgen

Richard was born in Orange NSW and trained as a fitter and turner. He moved to Arnhem Land in the NT in 1973 and became a community worker, learning to speak Djambarrpuyŋu. Has now worked with Yolŋu people for over 45 years. He was the CEO of Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS) for 10 years during which time he developed discovery education methodology with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM and also established Yolŋu Radio in 2003. He is the author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die and facilitated ‘Bridging the Gap’ seminars, and delivered corporate training across Australia. He is currently the CEO of Why Warriors Pty Ltd, a community development social enterprise organisation working with Yolngu people. He spends his day writing, producing podcasts and building online learning platforms, producing videos and working face to face with Yolngu. He is also involved in building online cross-cultural training material to build understanding between Indigenous peoples and the Dominant Culture.

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  1. Dr. Jonah Tisam

    Interesting reading. The work done by Richard is invaluable to the Yulngu people and the wider first nation people of Australia.