Indige­nous men­tors on track for suc­cess

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - ANDY VAN SMEERDIJK

RAIN didn’t dampen the launch of ontrack, a new learn­ing DVD for indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties at Moss­man Gorge on Mon­day.

Ac­tor Leon Burchill and el­der Roy Gib­son, vice chair­man of the Ba­manga Bubu Ngadiminku Cor­po­ra­tion – who both ap­pear in ontrack – pre­sented a screen­ing of the DVD, which aims to pro­mote lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy within tra­di­tional com­mu­ni­ties.

An ini­tia­tive of The Learn­ing Work­shop – a pri­vate train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion – the DVD was filmed at Moss­man Gorge and is de­signed to help indige­nous men­tors meet the lit­er­acy needs of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait is­land peo­ple.

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’’In­te­gral to the re­source is a film com­po­nent that pro­motes learn­ing in a cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate way,’’ said Sue Miller, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, The Learn­ing Work­shop.

‘‘Sit­u­ated in an indige­nous com­mu­nity con­text, it high­lights the holis­tic re­la­tion­ship be­tween fam­ily, men­tor and com­mu­nity.’’

The DVD aims to teach indige­nous men­tors how to de­velop as ef­fec­tive men­tors.

’’It shows good ways of be­ing a men­tor, and what not to do,’’ said Mr Burchill, who plays the role of a men­tor in ontrack.

“It also shows the op­por­tu­ni­ties for men­tors.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. the­learn­ing­work­shop. com. au

Right on track: Roy Gib­son, vice chair­man of the Ba­manga Bubu Ngadimunku Cor­po­ra­tion and Ac­tor Leon Burchill – who both fea­ture in the DVD – at the launch of

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