The Yothu Yindi Foundation’s vision of delivering world-class education on country in northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory is coming to life.

With the support of the Commonwealth Government, Stage 1 design and development of the Garma Institute has formally commenced.

Read Minister Burney’s media release here.

The Garma Institute will be a Yolngu-owned and run tertiary and vocational education facility based at Gunyangara.

It will offer bridging programs for those aged 16 and over, and Yolngu-designed tertiary study options for Yolngu students.

The Garma Institute will be centred around a co-designed university curriculum that demonstrates the breadth and depth of Yolngu knowledge and philosophy, and will include a Keeping Place/Museum/Library for Yolngu cultural heritage, archives and resources.

It will also be home to the Dilthan Yolngu’nha (Women’s Healing) programs and facilities.

A Yolngu faculty comprising senior knowledge holders will guide curriculum development. The curriculum will be formally accredited through the Australian Skills Quality Authority and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

The Garma Institute sits at the top of an education pipeline that provides a Yolngu-centred curriculum across the education lifecycle: Early Childhood to Primary, Secondary, VET, Bridging and Tertiary.
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