The idea of relocating to chilly Geelong, thousands of kilometres from family, is a massive challenge for these young students and takes enormous courage and commitment. The Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation works in collaboration with the committee members, the community schools and education centres in North East Arnhem Land and the potential students’ families to select the students who are most deserving and capable.
The selection criteria is made clear to the student and to their family. They meet with teachers at their community school and have an interview. The Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation asks the student and their family to commit to at least 1 year in the program for meaningful learning and life changes to occur. Whilst students commit to at least one year, the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation and educational institutions in Geelong map out a 2 year plan to graduate.
The selection criteria is listed below:
- Students have already committed to education in their local community and have good attendance records.
- Students are motivated, enthusiastic and want to be empowered by learning to walk in two worlds. This program takes dedication and hard work and students are made aware of this early on.
- Families need to be supportive of their child attending school interstate and also commit to the program.
- Students and families are asked to make a commitment for at least 1 year and then it is up to the individual if they wish to continue along the graduation and further education pathway.
Students are asked to sign a contract in regards to their lifestyle habits which includes giving up smoking, alcohol and other drugs.