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The Be A Friend to Your Dog program in Lajamanu

AMRRIC has recently partnered with Lajamanu School in a project that will see the Be a Friend to Your Dog (BAFTYD) package delivered to students by the school’s teachers.

The BAFTYD package has been incorporated into four separate learning units linked to the curriculum, making it easy for teachers to link the content to literacy and numeracy learning outcomes. Each learning unit is intended to be delivered over a four week period within the school year across three different age groups. This will mean dog health messages are reinforced and progressively built upon as students move through school.

Under the leadership of Vice Principal Juliette and with on-going support from AMRRIC, the school will form a focus group of teachers and Warlpiri staff that will look at how best to implement the learning units into the school’s teaching plan.

One of the challenges AMRRIC’s education team faces is distance and maintaining connection with the communities with whom we work, given the burden of distance. This partnership is an exciting venture as it enables teachers to build on the initial education platforms laid down during these visits.

While in Lajamanu, Education Officer Mel also worked with the Year 3/4 class and teacher Meagan to design and write a dog storybook. Mel travelled on the school bus to each of the kids’ homes to take photos of them with their dogs which will feature in the book. Each student then shared a story about their dogs and drew a picture of themselves with their dog. This project provided a fun, personal and relevant way in which students could express the importance of their dogs, recognise what makes their dog happy and how they care for their dogs.

It was an exciting week, thanks to the enthusiasm and energy of teachers and staff at Lajamanu School, as well as the positive response from community residents, groups and service providers. AMRRIC looks forward to working with the Lajamanu School and community into the future. 



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