|Students in the Certificate II English as an Additional Language course. © Nungalinya College, 2019. Used with permission.|
The Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) courses offered at Nungalinya are of vital significance.
Firstly, there is a desperate need for such training, as access to quality education in remote Indigenous settings remains a significant challenge. A recent Charles Darwin University research report concluded that over 50% of remote, Indigenous NT adults would not have the LLN skills needed to successfully complete a VET sector Certificate I course. Thus, when over 500 remote Indigenous students apply to study at the Nungalinya College each year, almost all of them begin their journey with an LLN course. However, even more importantly, the nature of these courses means there is flexibility to teach literacy and numeracy through the Scriptures, so students can grow in their faith and Biblical knowledge whilst improving their foundational skills.
In 2020, Nungalinya has further strengthened this pathway with three courses on offer: a preliminary course in English as an Additional Language (EAL), Certificate I in General Education and Certificate II in EAL. Each of these courses can now be studied over a three year cycle, extending the time students can build their skills and biblical foundations before entering the Certificate III in Ministry and Theology. In 2020, the focus of the courses is the New Testament with themes of Peter and the early church, the missionary Paul, and Christians as ‘peacemakers’ respectively.
Many of the students who come to Nungalinya are already church leaders, and across a year, people attend from over 100 different communities! In 2019, it was wonderful to see pastors from the Kimberley region in Western Australia make their way to the College for the first time and for a new cohort of Diploma of Translating students to begin their journey.
Nungalinya continues to offer holistic care and training and invites you to continue to partner with them in 2020.
In 2020 Nungalinya College needs $42,750 (tax-deductible)
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