Government commits funds to Indigenous-led HE institute

The federal government will contribute AUD6.4 million (US$4.1 million) towards developing an Indigenous-led ‘world-class’ higher education institute in the remote Northern Territory, writes Samantha Dick for ABC News.

The Garma Institute in north-east Arnhem Land will aim to teach local Yolngu students from childhood education to university. It is intended to operate as a tertiary and vocational education facility, equipping Yolngu students with knowledge and critical thinking skills, as well as practical jobs training. The project has been driven by Yolngu community leaders and the Yothu Yindi Foundation — the organisers of the annual four-day Garma Festival starting on Friday 4 August.

In a statement, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said developing the Garma Institute “has been a long aspiration of the Yolngu people. This partnership shows how governments can work alongside communities, meeting their needs and helping them realise their full potential”, he said.
Full report on the ABC News site