Monday, 9 November 2015

School of the Air, Alice Springs

We visited the School of the Air in Alice Springs this afternoon ... and absolutely extraordinary it was too. It provides education (now via the internet) to children under 12 years old and who live on Outback cattle stations and other settlements far too remote to reach regular schools. What an insight into life in this distant areas it gave.

We saw a lesson being broadcast and lots of examples of children's work. As a retired teacher, mostly of this age group, it was particularly fascinating. Also especially amusing as a stitcher was a large wall covered in children's embroidery. The scenes shown were charming.

       

       

       
 




4 comments:

  1. j'aime ...quelle créativité!!!!

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    1. Oui ... Une éducation et une vie extraordinaire!

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  2. When my family first got a television there was a programme called Flying Doctor that was a favourite. Another sort of service provided in the outback; and sometimes there would be a child doing lessons via the radio. I was intrigued by this and felt sad that these kids would be missing on the social aspects of school. Perhaps in the internet age they feel less isolated?

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    1. The social side of school concerned me too but since the arrival of the Internet, there is much more interaction and the children meet up in groups 3times a year.
      We also visited the Flying Doctor service ... also fascinating.
      I think it takes a very special kind of person to live this kind of isolated life.

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