Yurrwi student set for early childhood career


A Yurrwi Community Education Centre student is aspiring to become an early childhood teacher in the remote island community, located about 450km east of Darwin.

Kutura Buwarr confirmed her career direction after completing a work placement at the preschool in term 3 2017. She is the first Yolŋu student to begin an apprenticeship of this type, working two days a week at the preschool and undertaking the Certificate III in Education and Care in Early Childhood. Kutura will complete the course in 2018 and apply for entry to Charles Darwin University to commence a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood.

“Kutura and our assistant teacher Hazel Gumiṉḏa are both working to complete the certificate, and I am running a study group to benefit all the preschool’s Yolŋu staff striving to achieve this qualification,” said teacher in charge Gayle Chamberlain.

She added: “I am pleased that family and community members have encouraged Kutura to pursue this career, and she is proud to do the course with Hazel.”

(Picture: Kutura Buwarr (sitting) and Hazel Guminda in a nose and ear health session)

Kutura Buwarr (sitting) and Hazel Guminda in a nose and ear health session

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