ABC Four Corners report: "Going Back to Lajamanu" - Bilingual Education

Last updated: 14 September 2009

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ABC Four Corners TV: "Going Back to Lajamanu"
14 Sep 09: "Should Aboriginal children in remote schools be taught in their own language or in English? ...
Reporter Debbie Whitmont travels to the Top End to discover what will happen following a government move to scrap a controversial 35 year-old experiment in bilingual education."
[Includes extended interviews with:
* Kumanjayi Nungarrayi, Elder, former teaching assistant, Yuendumu community
* Djuwalpi Marika, Chairman, Yirrkala School Council
* Wendy Baarda, Former teacher-linguist, Yuendumu School
* Gary Barnes, CEO, NT Education Department]

- Program Transcript

ABC Four Corners TV: "Going Back to Lajamanu"
"Read the program transcript for Debbie Whitmont's report "Going Back to Lajamanu", first broadcast 14 September 2009."

- Further Reading

ABC Four Corners TV: Further Reading
14 Sep 09: "View key reports, statistics and news related to indigenous education in the Northern Territory. Includes a detailed chronology of the government's bilingual education policy."

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