In some of the remotest schools in the Northern Territory, a quiet education revolution is underway.
At the heart of this change is a community push for a growing recognition of indigenous knowledge, language and culture in the school curriculum.
Classrooms on Country is a short form 3 x 8 min series that witnesses this revolution at work, uncovers its history, challenges and successes, and asks what it could mean for the future of education in some of the remotest places of Australia.
The series has been produced, filmed, directed, written and edited by Emma Masters as part of a Walkley Foundation grant and released for ABC News.
The series included the release of an indepth short documentary (see above), a digital online feature article "Growing number of Aboriginal communities setting up independent schools to teach 'both ways'" and radio and television stories on ABC News national platforms.
Episode One looks at an increasing number of independent schools being set up by Aboriginal communities and groups in the Northern Territory and focuses on Nawarddeken Academy on the Arnhem Land plateau and a call by neighbouring outstations for the independent school to step in and deliver full time education for their children.
It's a call that has been getting louder in 2021 following a severe lack of service this year, and that's under a regime where "normal" for most outstations is two days of education a week.
This series has been released for NAIDOC week 2021.