Homelands student has a passion for education

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Former Laynhapuy Homelands School student, Gapaya Munuŋgurr, has ambitions to be a teacher.

The Year 11 graduate entered the University of South Australia’s Aboriginal Pathway Program this year.

Principal Haidee Dentith said the highly engaged student was “one of our top attenders in S.H.E.P, the Secondary Homelands Education Program”.

“Through S.H.E.P, Gapaya completed 90 credits toward the NTCET. We hoped he would stay and complete the NTCET with us, but once he decided he wanted to go to university there was no stopping him,” she said.

“This very confident and determined man is the first student from Laynhapuy Homelands School to go directly to university.

“It is a very big step for someone to go from living in a remote homeland with family, to living in Adelaide and going to university.”

Gapaya fully appreciates the value of education to students in homeland centres.

“Education is the most important thing in the world, and I want to help our community and our people,” he said.

“As a fully qualified school teacher I can come back and teach in the homelands.”

Ms Dentith said the school started offering a NTCET pathway in 2020 and became a registered NTCET provider this year.

“We hope to have our first NTCET completions in the next 18 months,” she said.

“At least one student is looking to start her teaching career through the NTCET and our Community-Based Aboriginal Teacher Education program.”

About 24 senior year students attend the S.H.E.P each week. It offers a range of pathways, including NTCET completion, university preparation, Vocational Education and Training, and supported transition to post-school employment.

Laynhapuy Homelands School provides education to eight homeland learning centres.

Picture (left to right): Teacher Sophie Grambeau, Gapaya Munuŋgurr, teacher Carlo Manley, and principal Haidee Dentith.

Sophie Gapaya Carlo Haidee

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