07.04.11
KALGOORLIE WESTERN AUSTRALIA

A group of enthusiastic, cooperative, talented and respectful students from schools around Kalgoorlie and outlying remote communities attended our first WA Defence 2020 Indigenous Youth Challenge for 2011.

Students came from Kununarra, Ringer Soak, Coonana, Eight Mile Community (near Fitzroy Crossing), Looma, Carnavon and Yiyili.

Some of the students were expected to have great difficulty learning to interact with each other as they came from such diverse communities and spoke different languages. But we were all pleasantly surprised with their participation in the activities and their enthusiasm and presentation.

They came to the for a day of interactive learning which included:
• identifying leadership skills
• meeting some of today's modern warriors
• participating in 'bullring activities' to discover some of the practical elements of ADF life
• workshopping their ideas about the ADF and its relevance to their lives, and finally
• performing role-plays to show what they believe are the most important things our ADF does to protect the nation and be a good international citizen.

The teachers all reported that it was a very rewarding experience for their students.


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Participant Evaluations

Rating
Excellent
Very Good
Good
Fair
Poor
Number
35
21
4
3
0
%
56
33
6
5
0
 
Student (53)
31 (58%)
17 (32%)
3 (6%)
2 (4%)
0 (0%)
Teacher (10)
4 (40%)
4 (40%)
1 (10%)
1 (10%)
0 (0%)

Participants' comments

Best features of the day
Number of mentions
Meeting others
12
Role plays
13
Bulll ring activities/meeting the ADF
25
Learning about the ADF
8
Video/Decision Maker
4

Seeing the ADF as part of the community

2

Suggestions
Number of mentions
Give choice in participation in role plays
5
Create pre-existing script for role play
1
Make language simpler
3
Have more ADF people on hand
6

 

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