Remote Aboriginal students learning in two worlds

Minister for Indigenous Australians

The Australian Government is proud to announce the ongoing commitment to the Northern Land Council’s Learning on Country Program, extending the education program for six years to 2028.

This joint initiative connects Aboriginal ranger groups with Territory schools to integrate ‘both ways learning’, increasing school retention and options for pathways to employment.

The addition of $29.4 million will expand the program’s footprint to a total of 19 sites, up from 15, and increase the target cohort to include both middle and senior school students.

Employment of Indigenous leadership in the program will also be increased to 75 per cent and improvements will be made to measuring outcomes.

By bringing together ranger groups’ valuable knowledge of land and sea management, and guided by Traditional Owners, the Learning on Country program plays a key role in developing the next generation of rangers and custodians in and out of the classroom.

This initiative has been instrumental in developing strong partnerships in the Territory at both a community and regional level, while providing meaningful employment opportunities and upskilling for Aboriginal people.

In the spirit of co-design and partnership, the Learning on Country program has been designed with the National Indigenous Australians Agency, Northern Land Council, the Northern Territory Government, Indigenous community groups and Indigenous ranger organisations.

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