Inaugural Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program
10 February 2014
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students from as far as Darwin and the Torres Strait's Thursday Island spent a week in Sydney recently for the University of Sydney's inaugural Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program. The Wingara Mura (A thinking path) - Bunga Barrabugu (To make tomorrow) Summer Program brought 250 students to the University to learn more about disciplines such as health, humanities and social science, law, architecture and the creative arts, music, natural science, and business.
Sydney Law School academics and staff, Irene Baghoomians, Louise Boon-Kuo, Louisa Di Bartolomeo and Tanya Mitchell worked with the Sydney University Law Society (SULS) to facilitate the law element of the Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program. SULS members were proud to be involved in the inaugural program and ran a goal-setting workshop and mock trial activity with students from Years 9 and 12.
"It was very encouraging to see the students' enthusiasm for learning across two fun-filled days," said SULS President, Mr James Higgins. "As a faculty society, SULS is committed to fostering greater understanding of Indigenous culture within the Sydney Law School and assisting with programs that aim to increase Indigenous participation in tertiary education. We strongly believe that a more diverse and supportive Law School is beneficial to all those who study and teach here."
The Wingara Mura program ran from 14-16 January 2014 and the Bunga Barrabugu program went from 13-17 January 2014. Both initiatives are funded by Bridges to Higher Education, a $21.2m project, funded by the Commonwealth Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), to improve the participation rates of students from communities under-represented in higher education.
SULS' involvement with Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program, like their other educational and social justice initiatives, is underpinned by the 2009 Bradley Review of Higher Education, which held that it was the responsibility of both schools and universities to bolster the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds in Australia's tertiary education system.
The ABC's 7.30 Report recently featured a story on the University's inaugural Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu summer program. The below link features the story:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-16/summer-camp-aims-to-lift-indigenous-uni-enrolments/5204170?section=nsw
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