Anangu Education is the service provision unit within the
Aboriginal Lands District, of the Department of Education and Children’s
Services, that provides education services for communities situated
within the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, the
Maralinga Tjarutja Lands and the Yalata Lands.
Over a number of years, there has been a steadily developing trend for Anangu
(Anangu is the word that people in these communities use in
reference to themselves) to seek greater involvement in school issues
and policy / curriculum directions.
line with a request from Anangu people and with the Department of
Education, and Children’s Services (DECD) policy on community
involvement in schools, this movement was formalised for the APY Lands
in an agreement between the Minister of Education, Anangu
Education and the Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Education Committee (PYEC),
giving PYEC Policy and Operational control of education on the APY
communities and their Governing Councils have a strong role to play in
decisions associated with the education of their children. It is part of
the responsibility of school principals and all staff to ensure that
this link between school and community is maintained and developed so
that genuine empowerment of the community in matters relating to
education and school occurs.
various communities range in size from the small community at Watarru
(school population of approximately 20 children, pre-school through to
Junior Secondary), to Ernabella (approximately 120 children, pre-school