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Indigenous Language Song Competition 2019

Schoolchildren raise their voices in celebration of the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition

The ABC and First Languages Australia have called for entries to the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition, which enables schoolchildren across the country to support and sustain the languages and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, schools are invited to work with their local Indigenous community in translating the song Marrin Gamu into the first language of their area and record a video of their students performing the song. Videos uploaded to the ABC Education website are in the running for prizes such as local language resource packs and audio-visual recording equipment.

More than 2400 students from 80 schools across Australia have entered the annual competition since its launch in 2016, submitting videos in 52 Indigenous languages.

Annabel Astbury, Head of ABC Education, said: “We are inspired by the excitement among students and teachers to learn, celebrate and help preserve our first languages. We are proud to launch the competition in National Reconciliation Week and to work with First Languages Australia in helping schools build connections with local Indigenous communities, as part of the ABC’s commitment to building greater understanding of and respect for our First Peoples.”

Faith Baisden, Coordinator of First Languages Australia, said: “There are hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages and a wealth of cultural knowledge is held within each one. Discussions about Australia’s first languages can help create a society that knows and respects the history and cultures of this land.”

To celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the ABC and First Languages Australia have also partnered on This Place, a digital initative that invites Indigenous Australians to create short videos sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, history and cultures.

The 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition is open until 30 August. For entry details and more information: www.education.abc.net.au.

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Applications Open! Engineering & IT camp for Indigenous students

The Galuwa Experience is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in years 10-12 to gain first-hand university experience in this fully-funded engineering and IT program.

Just a reminder to please encourage eligible students to apply as soon as possible. Limited places are available. Application deadline: 2 June 2019

When: Monday 15 – Friday 19 July 2019 (July school holidays)
Cost: Free (includes all meals, transport and accommodation)
Where: University of Technology Sydney and city locations

For more info, head to: https://www.uts.edu.au/…/…/2019-03/UTS-Galuwa-flyer-2019.pdf