With a desire to contribute to better educational outcomes for Aboriginal children in their communities, three students are aiming to become educators by undertaking the Batchelor of Education program.

The program is being delivered at Batchelor Institutes Desert People Centre (DPC) campus in Alice Springs through the Australian Centre for indigenous Knowledge’s and Education (ACIKE). Billie-Lee Wyman from Tennant Creek said that she had worked with children at day care centers and primary schools and was now looking to gain further qualifications.

“This program is enhancing my teaching skills and I want to complete the Batchelor of Education so I can go back to my community to work with the local children and assist them to develop their reading and writing skills, so they can do will in their studies”, Ms Wyman said. Alice Springs based student, Kathryne Cochrane, said “the Desert People center is a great place to develop skills”.

“I have learned a lot, together with my peers and we got to know each other better”, said Ms Crochrane.

“I first started my learning journey through an enabling program called Preparation for tertiary success (PRS), which I have also completed at the DPC campus”.

“At DPC campus I get to learn in face-to-face workshops and there are lots of opportunities for me to communicate with the Aboriginal people and importantly I can express myself for what I believe in”, Ms Crochrane said.

The students are highly supported by their Batchelor Institute Education lecturer, Janine Oldfield.

For more information about the ACIKE program vist the website : www.batchelor.edu.au/ACIKEcourses

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