9 September 2021

Digital platform that celebrates First Nations culture launched with links to south east

| Albert McKnight
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April Phillips and young Roebourne artist Everard Woodley work on NEO Learning while on country in the Pilbara. Photo: Claire Leach.

A new learning platform for school students which was trialled in south east NSW and Canberra has been launched to celebrate First Nations culture.

NEO-Learning is designed to give all Australian primary school teachers and students access to First Nations digital arts content and lessons, and was piloted in Cobargo, Braidwood and at the Canberra Hospital School.

It was co-created by First Nations young people from Ieramagadu (Roebourne) in the Pilbara alongside arts and social change organisation Big hART.

“NEO-Learning is education for social impact,” said the platform’s creative learning producer, April Phillips.

“We make great content, build digital skills and drive understanding of First Nations perspectives.

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“Young students across the nation are enjoying First Nations learnings associated with fun, futurism and digital arts workshops.”

Ms Phillips, who is from Bermagui, said the platform planned to keep building the digital arts skills of young artists from the Roebourne digital lab.

“From there, we will share this peer knowledge as ongoing education content to young people nationally,” she said.

The platform offers virtual classrooms with live educators, on-demand lessons, classroom activities, and is accessible anywhere in the country.

It is designed to fulfil curriculum requirements that require all teachers in Australia to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history in their subjects

Learn more about NEO Learning online.

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