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Article

Nyupun pilot program a success

Sep 18, 2018
Nyupun Class 2018
 
Traditional Face Paint Gurra (grey kangaroo) and
Nirnak (growling grass frog)
showing off their face paint

Traditional Painting Wilkerr (wild dog) getting painted up by
Djalan (brown snake)/Ben Muir (Wimmera CMA)

Nyupun Class Journey Stick Grade 6 students of the Nyupun program
with Djalan (brown snake)/Tanisha and
Yulawil (echidna)/Rae Talbot (Wimmera CMA)

Nyupun program

Over the past three years this education pilot has been developed at the Horsham Primary School (HPS), involving Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students from grade three to six.

The pilot recognises and empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children as custodians: students are connected with a local fauna species by a Wotjobaluk Elder.  They are then supported to learn about their species from the perspective of local Traditional Owners, the Wotjobaluk People, and also from the perspective of western culture.  The project gives students opportunities to share their growing knowledge of their Nyupun species with family, friends and the wider community.

The aims of the project are to:

  • support students to gain skills and knowledge they can use to connect to Culture and Country
  • increase Aboriginal participation and engagement in natural resource management in the Wimmera
  • foster future leaders 
  • increase awareness of cultural and natural resource management career opportunities for young people in our region

13 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from grades 3 to 6 participated in phase one of the pilot in 2016.  Phase two of the pilot in 2017 involved 17 students. 
In 2018, 17 students were involved, pictured above.

Djalan (brown snake)/Tanisha Lovett, from Goolum Goolum, has been a key supporter of the program in 2018, while completing her Cert 3 Digital Media studies through Federation University.  Tanisha described the program as one of the highlights of her job.  It gave her opportunities to polish her media skills while combining her passion for working with Community and supporting the next generation.

 

Project partners: Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative, Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC), Wimmera CMA, Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (LAECG), Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Horsham Primary School, and Koori Education Support Officers (KESO) from the Department of Education and Training.