The outstanding work of all our learning communities in re-imaging the context for learners and learning through COVID-19 is acknowledged and commended. For Yirara College the challenges have been considerable as the students experience isolation in their respective communities. The following article is testament to the outstanding commitment work of the college to enable students to maintain engagement with their learning despite enormous challenges.
NT leads the way (Yirara College Press Release)
Yirara College in Alice Springs has been ahead of the curve, in ensuring education is delivered to its students who can’t attend school due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Yirara College is a boarding school for remote area indigenous students. When faced with the dilemma of how to deliver remote learning, staff knew that not all students have access to reliable internet or suitable devices back in community, and so they had to consider alternatives. Yirara’s plan in the last weeks of Term 1 was to produce a daily television show that would be aired on ICTV (Indigenous Community Television) as well as YouTube and Facebook.
And so Yirara2u was born. The concept was for Yirara2u to incorporate a workbook and the daily episode aired on ICTV for students to follow along and complete their school work remotely.
By the end of Term 1, staff had created and compiled 10 weeks’ worth of workbooks and planned all of the episodes for the Term 2. Packs of workbooks were mailed out to students during the term break so they had them ready for the start of term 2.
Yirara2u episodes cover more than just numeracy and literacy. They include:
- Pathways which is producing videos about VET courses and work options;
- Boarding who are chipping in with life skills and life lessons;
- Student Support which is focusing on health and mental wellbeing
- And finally the Girls Academy and Clontarf who are concentrating on sport and physical wellbeing
“There are challenges enough with remote teaching, when coupled with remote communities often with little to no internet and at best only a few connected devices, our staff had to really put their thinking caps on to come up with a plan. And they had to work fast! In addition, our staff are making hundreds of phone calls to families and students. We also are working with some remote schools, like Minyerri, who help with facilities and services and we thank them for that. We are thrilled with the result and very happy that we are able to keep our students engaged and learning during these difficult and uncertain times”, said Yirara College Principal Mr Chris England.
The first daily episode went to air on Tuesday 22nd April on ICTV link here https://ictv.com.au/video/item/7528
For further information, please contact the College on 08 89 505 630 or email@example.com
Link to other relevant articles
Qld education had its first broadcast on April 29th: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-s-new-tv-education-begins-on-seven-this-month-20200414-p54jsn.html
NZ government announced on April 8th that they would spend $87.7 million delivering education via TV