Utyerre Apanpe* members continue the passion and commitment to leading reform in education by participating in September 2021 gathering
Utyerre Apanpe members are a diverse and determined collective of First Nations educators leading and delivering a national education system.
Utyerre Apanpe is a place for knowledge and language expertise to be reclaimed to inform the system change agenda required to make First Nations voices and actions visible. These gatherings are not supported by Government. We are an independent, collective membership.
The Utyerre Apanpe 2021 Forums were held under COVID restrictions. In Mparntwe in April and September, only limited physical attendance was allowed. A virtual opportunity was also provided during these gatherings for members to continue the development of the next stages of reform.
Utyerre Apanpe is about connecting to country, each other and sharing our knowledge systems. These gatherings are for our professional, cultural, familial and personal development. They provide nourishment in the knowledge we own and share through our kinship systems and cultural responsibilities. We need to take this time to renew and review how, who and what we share across our Nations and the Utyerre Apanpe Forums provide the space and time to do this.
The final meeting of 2021 provided the opportunity to discuss, review and consider the draft MK Turner Review. Utyerre Apanpe participants are working on the draft Review to finalise a version and endorse it for an official launch and delivery to Government and Mr David Gonski.
The development of a First Nations-led and created education Review has a two-fold approach:
(i) to compliment the Gonski Review, and
(ii) to break down the stereotypes, stigma and expectations that mainstream education has of current and future First Nations generations.
The Review shone a light on the First Nations education markers, curriculum, workforce, policy and programs that were missing from the Gonski 2011 Education Review (updated 2018).
Conversations, collaborations and further reviewing of the document will take place over the remainder of 2021. Utyerre Apanpe and its partnerships look forward to sharing this Review in the coming months with the wider Australian audience.
Planning for the next Utyerre Apanpe face-to-face gathering is set for April 2022.