Internationally renowned speakers host seminar on Broome Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 23-9-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia’s (UNDA) Broome Campus hosted a two-day Capacity Building workshop for Aboriginal community and education workers.

The seminar was part of the Certificate III in Teacher Assistant (Indigenous) study block and participants travelled from as far away as Mulan and Balgo to participate with the purpose of enhancing Indigenous leadership qualities.

The workshops were facilitated by internationally renowned speakers Mr Gerard Cleveland and Professor Gregory Saville.

Professor Saville, a world renowned authority on education and Aboriginal community development, completed his PhD research with the Indigenous people of Northern Canada and is adjunct professor at the University of New Haven.

Mr Cleveland, a lecturer at the UNDA Fremantle Campus Law School, has spoken internationally on issues in public education and training.

The pair focused the workshop on a wide range of topics including Aboriginal Education, effective communication for Aboriginal parents and inter-agency cooperation in remote regions, giving special attention to Indigenous issues.

Twenty-eight people attended from a range of organisations including Broome Senior High School and the Department of Child Protection.

Vocational Education and Training lecturer, Cathy Borthwick said having people with the knowledge and experience of Professor Saville and Mr Cleveland had benefited those who attended. Workshop participant, Dorothy Nannup, believed the seminar would help her in her role with the Kimberley District Education Office.

“I can now expect that changes can be made. It’s not impossible,” she said.

The workshop was made possible through funding from the Department of Education Services through the Western Australian Aboriginal Education and Training Council and the Commonwealth Government.

Media contact: Lyn Quince 08 9192 0602.