Developing Leadership

The Pathway to Graduation and Beyond

A pathway is mapped out for each individual student that joins the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation. This pathway is based on literacy and numeracy levels, interests, jobs and opportunities back in their community and their drive to take up new challenges. The Foundation asks the students to ‘dream big’ and to set goals they never thought possible to achieve. We then plan the journey for them and break the goals down into stepping stones so they can see where they are, where they want to go, and how they are going to get there.

The Foundation works with the educational institutions to:

  • Test and assess the students’ academic levels
  • Design and implement an individual learning plan to meet the needs of each student
  • Establish a set of goals and a timeline so that each student can clearly identify with their pathway

The Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation also offers opportunities beyond Secondary School and has created networks with Tertiary and Higher Educational Institutions. The Foundation is also exploring opportunities for the graduates to take on positions of full time and part time work after graduation in order to achieve their goals.

The Long Term Plan

The Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation is striving to make a difference in the lives of the future generation from North East Arnhem Land. The MRTWF aims to provide opportunities to equip as many students as possible with heightened education levels and leadership qualities. The Foundation will support these young students for as long as they choose to commit to the program; it maybe for one or two years at Secondary School or longer if they choose to study at tertiary level. The more time they spend in the program,  the greater their capacity to ‘walk in two worlds’ and the skills learnt will be more sustainable and transferable when they return to their communities.

The plan for Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation to expand and offer opportunities for young miyalkurru (girls/women) of Arnhem Land came to fruition in 2018. After 7 years of providing leadership and educational opportunities for young men, the MRTWF has now expanded to offering a program for girls. We are very proud that we can now enable young women to also learn to ‘walk in two worlds’ and better provide a healthy lifestyle for their children in the future, as well as improving their education and career options. The greatest indicator that a student will learn to read is if their mother is educated and literate. Our long term aim is to support both the young male and female leaders of Arnhem Land in the future.

Achievements and successes to date

The Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation was established in 2011 and has seen many successes over this short period of time.

  • Yirrmal Marika completed Year 11 in 2011 and graduated with a VCAL certificate in 2012.
  • Yirrmal Marika completed a Certificate II in Music at Oxygen Music College in 2013.
  • In 2014, Yirrmal was accepted into North Melbourne Institute of Technology (NMIT), Fairfield campus to study Certificate III in Music. This was successfully achieved at the completion of 2014.
  • Dion Wunungmurra completed Year 10 and Year 11 in 2012/2013 respectively and graduated from his Year 12 studies in 2014.
  • Jerol Wunungmurra joined the Foundation mid-way through 2012. He completed Year 10 in 2012 and Year 11 in 2013 and graduated with a VCE certificate in 2014.
  • Both Dion and Jerol successfully completed a Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.
  • Yirrmal Marika and Jerol Wunungmurra were appointed leadership positions within St. Joseph’s College as Fire Carriers. Yirrmal took up the position in 2012 and Jerol in 2013.
  • Isaac Wunungmurra was appointed Fire Carrier, a leadership position at St. Joseph’s College, for the 2016 school year.
  • Jazariah Marrkula was appointed the Deputy Captain of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) student core group. This position is for the 2016 school year.
  • Jazariah Marrkula completed Year 10 and 11 to go on to graduate from Year 12 in 2017. He has returned to his community to work.
  • Alviston Wunungmurra completed Year 10 at St. Joseph’s College in 2016 and Year 11 at the Flexible Learning Centre in Geelong in 2017.
  • Yirrmal Marika completed Certificate I and II in General Education Literacy and Numeracy at Gordon TAFE in 2016-2017
  • Raven Marika and Lochlan Dhurrkay were chosen to train with the VFL Geelong Cats team in 2017-2018.
  • In 2018 the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation expanded the leadership program to include young women in the program. There are now opportunities for young men and women to be participants of this Foundation.
  • A number of other students have participated in the program for between one term and one-year duration, before deciding to return to their families. These former participants all got a lot out of being immersed in the western society, and are all now either completing their secondary education in their community, studying at higher education institutions or have found employment.