WETT is Warlpiri people’s project, set up in 2004 to use royalties from Newmont Asia Pacific’s mining operations in the Tanami region to improve education and training outcomes for Aboriginal people in the region. The WETT project expanded as the Warlpiri enjoyed increasing success of the programs it implements, including the early childhood programs, youth and media projects and learning centres in Warlpiri communities.
The WETT Youth and Media program, managed by the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC, formerly known at Mt Theo) in partnership with Pintupi Anmatyerre Warlpiri (PAW) Media, continues to provide a broad range of diversionary and training activities to significant numbers of young people in the Tanami region. The funding provided by WETT since 2008 has enabled WYDAC to extend its youth service from Yuendumu to include Willowra, Lajamanu and Nyirrpi.
The Warlpiri Learning Centre program has established learning hubs in the Warlpiri communities which provide a range of formal and informal learning opportunities for all community members, as well as internet access and a safe, communal meeting place.
The Secondary School Support program supports Warlpiri secondary students studying in their communities and at boarding and other schools, both in the Northern Territory and interstate. Warlpiri schools organise interstate excursions and monitoring interviews with students and teachers after the excursions indicate very tangible benefits, including more confident use of English, an understanding of the link between school attendance and reward activities, and an enthusiasm to encourage other children to attend school and also have the opportunity to go on excursions.
The Trustee for the fund is the Kurra Aboriginal Corporation, and WETT is administered by the CLC. The CLC consults Warlpiri to identify their education and training priorities and then facilitates the development of projects with input from relevant project partners.
These projects are considered and further developed by the WETT Advisory Committee, which includes eight representatives from the Warlpiri-patu-kurlangu Jary Association (WpkJ – the peak Warlpiri education body), and one representative each from the CLC and Newmont, and three independent members with education expertise. Projects are then recommended to Kurra which makes the funding decision.
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