The Barkly Education Strategy is a real community affair, with school students creating artworks about caring for dogs to go on posters and in talking books.
Tennant Creek based journalist and AMRRIC Consultant, Ktima Heathcote, is delivering the AMRRIC Barkly Education Strategy in local schools, funded by the NT Government Animal Welfare Fund. The strategy aims to address the serious need for appropriate educational resources and programs in the Shire focused on the health and welfare of animals (with subsequent improvements in public health).
Project partners are working together to develop culturally appropriate, language and visually-based resources suitable for the Shire’s town camps and remote communities. They include the Barkly Environmental Health Program, Julalakari Living Skills Program, Barkly Shire staff, Papulu Apparr-Kari Language Centre and the Julalakari Arts Centre. Ktima also works for the Tennant Creek Times – a relationship that has delivered good media coverage for the project.
It’s all about using simple stories to educate people about how to care for their dogs, and to make those illustrated stories available in languages that can be accessed by people right across Barkly Shire.
Some of the strategy’s initiatives include: