Mentoring

During the length of our work in Gunbalanya we mentored over twenty community members to support their educational aspirations (e.g. Child and Family staff enrolled in higher education).

Through mentoring we were able to support the community to build a picture of what they want in terms of their education to feed back to the system – including discussions about homelands education, ‘both ways’ education, boarding school education. Some early feedback at the end of 2016 provided by stakeholders highlights this:

  • “More confidence, especially in the recent graduates in talking about their pathways and what they need.”
  • “People talking about pathways”
  • “Greater exposure to career pathways”

We also facilitated a workshop with twenty one interagency staff to access family and community perspectives on education in a workshop where the theme of ‘mentoring’ was one key issue highlighted and discussed.

We supported the community to identify actions to strengthen education pathways. In the words of one workshop participant: “In my opinion, and having not seen a programme like this before in action on the ground, the valuable thing that I have seen is the start of a pathway and an education about what higher education can do, and [how it can] be available for people within community.”

“When they heard about our visits and our work, about our involvement in the community engagement, they started to come up to us, they started to wait around when we got to Maningrida or Oenpelli, there were people saying, “I’ve been waiting for you guys,” and that expectation that I see in people’s faces, it’s real and they’re looking for somebody. They’re looking for those pathways as well. So that’s very, very strong sharing and learning together and connecting with the key Indigenous leaders, people who work in the different areas and belong to the different governance areas … Making a connection with those people and talking… Sharing our stories and learning together was a really powerful way of getting people more motivated, more interested in following up education pathways…They were sharing their visions and concerns as well.”

We also facilitated a workshop with twenty one interagency staff to access family and community perspectives on education in a workshop where the theme of ‘mentoring’ was one key issue highlighted and discussed.

We supported the community to identify actions to strengthen education pathways. In the words of one workshop participant: “In my opinion, and having not seen a programme like this before in action on the ground, the valuable thing that I have seen is the start of a pathway and an education about what higher education can do, and [how it can] be available for people within community.”

We also made sure to engage in activities to promote ‘Uni’ or higher education as an option for community members through the sharing of information, resources and connections with relevant staf. We raised awareness about CDU and BIITE and what ‘Uni’ and other higher education providers can offer.

Another aspect of our mentoring was to provide professional development for staff in key community organisations – through meetings and workshops – “it was an education for them” – giving them access to educational experiences and learning opportunities that they previously were not getting. In addition, funding provided by WCE enabled ARPNet to deliver training to build the research capacity of its newer members.

Mentoring

Mentoring

Mentoring

30 January 2017

Whole of Community Engagement Initiative

Whole of Community Engagement Initiative

The Whole of Community Engagement (WCE) initiative has been operating through the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University for the past two and half years.

23 January 2017

Evaluating WCE

We have been working hard with our partners and stakeholders to get feedback and to document and share our key findings and achievements.

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