Anangu Education is the
service provision unit within the Aboriginal Lands District, of the
Department of Education and Children’s Services, that provides education
services for communities situated within the Anangu
Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands and
the Yalata Lands.
Over a number of years,
there has been a steadily developing trend for Anangu (Anangu
is the word that people in these communities use in reference to
themselves) to seek greater involvement in school issues and policy /
In line with a request
from Anangu people and with the Department of Education, and
Children’s Services (DECD) policy on community involvement in schools,
this movement was formalised for the APY Lands in an agreement between
the Minister of Education, Anangu Education and the
Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Education Committee (PYEC), giving PYEC
Policy and Operational control of education on the APY Lands.
Individual communities and
their Governing Councils have a strong role to play in decisions
associated with the education of their children. It is part of the
responsibility of school principals and all staff to ensure that this
link between school and community is maintained and developed so that
genuine empowerment of the community in matters relating to education
and school occurs.
Each community on the APY
Lands also has representatives who serve on the Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara Education Committee (PYEC). This body is a sub-committee
of Anangu Pitjantjatjara and gives direction to Anangu
Education. PYEC meets regularly to make determinations related to policy
and operational matters associated with education across the Lands.
Structures around the
governance of education that empower Anangu are the subject of
continuing negotiation with Yalata and Maralinga Tjarutja.
The various communities range
in size from the small community at Watarru (school population of
approximately 20 children, pre-school through to Junior Secondary), to
Ernabella (approximately 120 children, pre-school to secondary).
An element of the
resources support structure for the APY Lands schools is the Anangu
Education Office located at Ernabella. This is an administrative,
curriculum, ICT and financial support office managed by Anangu
Education through the Coordinating Principal. This office also has
Training and Development facilities and serves as a base for
Coordinators in Hearing Impairment, Anangu Teacher Support, Secondary Education and Resource
Based Learning methodology.
Education Office in Adelaide provides services for all Aboriginal Lands
District schools in management of policy, personnel matters and
finances, public relations, liaison with other DECD services,
recruitment and induction, and curriculum development including
materials development and publication.