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 10 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.
It includes the release of an indepth short documentary (see above), a digital online feature article "Indigenous students graduate high school by learning on country" and radio and television stories on ABC News national platforms.
Episode Two - Learning on Country - looks at a school program Learning on Country that engages elders and ranger groups in bush classrooms, gives students credits to graduate school and offers pathways to work as an indigenous ranger.
The Learning on Country program began in 2013 and due to its success in leading students to graduate and find work, has now expanded to 15 communities, with about 1000 students enrolled in the program this year.
This series has been released for NAIDOC week 2021.