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Launch Celebration for New Multimedia Learning Resource for Indigenous Mentors

Cairns, QLD, Australia – (News4us.com) March 22, 2012

Launch Celebration for New Multimedia Learning Resource for Indigenous Mentors

Launch Celebration for New Multimedia Learning Resource for Indigenous Mentors

One of Australia’s leading private Registered Training Organisations (RTO), The Learning Workshop, launched its new, interactive learning resource, ‘onTrack’ this week in Mossman.

Comprising a DVD, ‘onTrack’ aims to promote literacy and numeracy within Indigenous communities.

The managing director of The Learning Workshop, Sue said Monday’s gathering was very positive with the ‘onTrack’ film well received, generating many laughs and pronounced both ‘cool’ and ‘awesome’ and useful in promoting literacy.

“The Mossman community were very excited about their role in the film and also to have Mossman born actor, Leon Burchill home from Sydney to launch the resource.”

According to Sue, approximately 80 people braved Monday’s rain to attend a special barbecue that was followed by the official launch and onTrack film screening.

Terence Gibson emceed the proceedings which commenced with a welcome to country by Lorna Shuan, a Kuku Yalanji representative, introduction of community members and their involvement in the film including elder, Roy Gibson, Vice Chairman of Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku Corporation, Mossman Gorge.

In launching the resource, Leon Burchill spoke about the importance of having trained Indigenous mentors who are good role models and also have the skills to support literacy learning.

He emphasised that everyone can develop literacy skills needed to achieve their goals if they set their heart on it.

The Learning Workshop’s ‘onTrack’ DVD was filmed towards the end of last year at Mossman Gorge and features both Gibson and Burchill.

“Integral to the resource is a film component that promotes learning in a culturally appropriate way.

Situated in an Indigenous community context, it highlights the holistic relationship between family, community, mentor and mentees,” she said.

In effect, the onTrack DVD format engages mentors in learning how to develop as effective mentors, identify mentee’s literacy and numeracy levels and develop language, literacy and numeracy learning strategies.

 

This resource comprises three parts:

  • The film, featuring actor, Leon Burchill as mentor, Jimmy Jack, undertakes a journey to master the fundamentals of communication and thereby begin leading his people to develop new skills.
  • Video Clips of experienced mentors relating their experiences.
  • Information and practice activities.

 

Ms Muller says that the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and TAELLN401A address language, literacy, numeracy issues within learning and assessment practice from TAE40110, have been used to frame the content of the resource.

OnTrack has been funded under the Workplace English Language Literacy (WELL) program by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

To preview and order the resource, visit www.thelearningworkshop.com.au

 

About The Learning Workshop

Based in Cairns and formed in 1999, The Learning Workshop provides communication services for both the public and private sectors.

TLW is run by Cathrena McRae and Sue Muller, with the company employing around 20 staff, including teachers who travel to remote communities to implement training strategies.

TLW is skilled at delivering customised workplace, literacy, communication, numeracy and management training, as well as resource development and research.

Over the past 12 years, TLW has developed many projects aimed at improving access to education and employment for Indigenous people in remote communities.

TLW is currently consulting with Indigenous service providers on 15 projects in 15 locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 


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