MJD Foundation

Adult Learner Week

Promoting lifelong learning

ALWSeptember 2012


Under mango trees, families gathered with MJD Foundation's Angela Jane to learn more about the Apple iPad and how it can be used for lifelong learning. It was in celebration of Adult Learners' Week (ALW), 1-8 September 2012, and learning new ways to access knowledge. The 8-day program focussed on developing skills to meet the needs of the individual. For some of our clients and families it was an opportunity to gain further skills using the communication application Proloquo2Go and for others, it was improving English literacy or making movies. Steve Wurramara, MJD Foundation and iStories employee showed of his skills proudly to his community. Steve is now the resident expert on iPads on Groote Eylandt.

With the majority of MJD clients and families having access to a personal iPad, thanks to the Groote Eylandt Country Women's Association and Newman's Own Foundation, they can continue to learn about things important to them, access knowledge from around the world and also share their knowledge with others.

Participants received prizes for their achievements (Joyce Lalara winning the Letris award - Letris is a literacy puzzle game).

To celebrate the end of a fun week, a community-wide BBQ was held at the football grand final on the Saturday 8 September.
Unfortunately, the Umbakumba Lions lost against the Alyangula Swans; however, it was a match well fought.

A huge thanks to the individuals and families who helped the Project Manager, Ange Jane throughout the week, especially Steve Wurramara, Brett Mamarika, Melinda Lalara and Nolene Lalara.

The MJD Foundation was one of five recipients whom received a 2012 Northern Territory Government Adult Learners' Week grant.

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