This week saw the commencement of Wanta’s Art program at Lajamanu School. Each fortnight our students will be privileged to have some of the women elders from the community and from the Arts Centre come and share their knowledge of Warlpiri art with the middle and senior girls.
Art is a great way to share knowledge of culture with the next generation. The girls will be grouped in their skin groups and will learn the cultural designs that relate to their skin names. At the end of term the girls will be given a canvas to paint what they have learnt and hang proudly in the classroom, in school or to take home.
By running this through our Wanta Academy we are engaging young indigenous girls in the school and education programs. Wanta aims to provide a brighter future for youths living in remote communities through sport and recreational activities. This is a great example of how art has engaged girls in the school and is helping to boost school attendance levels.
Well done to our team in Lajamanu, particularly Maz Morgan and Dalveon Donnelley for coming up with this activity and making it a reality for our students in Lajamanu.