Tangentyere Landcare's Land & Learning project is an environmental education
program for Aboriginal children in central Australian communities. The
Land & Learning program teaches traditional indigenous knowledge and 'western'
science, and links to the NT Curriculum Framework.
Land & Learning project officers work intensively with three or more schools
each year. Together with Aboriginal community elders we do activities
based around themes of animals ,
plants , water and fire. The aim is for
children to learn about their country and how it has changed since the
arrival of Europeans, and to introduce contemporary land management concepts.
We have developed an extensive activities book based on the above themes.
This book can be used by itself or in conjunction with Tangentyere's award
winning video 'Just Do It!' The video introduces the themes using puppets
and footage of communities dealing with environmental issues.
The Land & Learning activity book is linked to the NT curriculum making
it easy for teachers to pick up the program. The book is invaluable to
anyone teaching in Aboriginal community schools. It can be used as a guide
for an entire environmental/natural science program, or dipped into for
individual activities and ideas. This activities book focuses on the central
Australian environment, but could easily be adapted to other environments.
‘Aboriginal Land Management’ is the third video/DVD for landcare
made by Tangentyere.
Aboriginal communities need to know how weeds and
feral animals are threatening native animals and plants and what can be
done about it.
‘Aboriginal Land Management’ looks at the damage caused by
weeds and feral animals in central Australia and how some community ranger
groups are working now to stop this damage.
The DVD is available from Tangentyere Lancare.
Tangentyere project officers provide advice and resources to all schools
interested in the Land & Learning program. The Land & Learning activities
book and other resources are available to schools free of charge. There
is a charge of $25.00 for the 'Just Do It!' video. The project has been
principally funded by the Natural Heritage Trust and Family and Community