Situated on the Gove Peninsula, in Eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory
Yirrkala is 18km from Nhulunbuy, the fourth largest town in the NT. We have proudly been working with Yirrkala community in the Northern Territory since 2013. The projects chosen are proven to increase a young person’s connection to culture, self worth and identity, which has a direct link to improved educational outcomes and ongoing, meaningful activity. We have supported the Mulka Project as well as a Learning On Country program. The Mulka Project educates and empowers indigenous youth through music and cultural education programs, whilst the Learning on Country program helps create positive connections to culture with traditional owners, and improve educational outcomes for Yolŋu youth.
The Mulka Project
The Cotton On Foundation has helped to fund the expansion of this multimedia wing and supports the Mulka Project with state of the art equipment, including instruments, speakers, a mixing deck and acoustic equipment, for the community and young people in particular to use. Working alongside community leaders, our aim is to support initiatives which help create a positive connection to culture and improve educational outcomes for young people.
Learning On Country Workshops
The Learning on Country program connects Yirrkala’s school students with Dhimurru’s rangers on a range of cultural and environmental topics, and learn from their learn from elders, teachers and each other. It uses environmental and cultural activities to support classroom learning. This has improved attendance of Yolŋu children at school and has improved the cultural understanding and identity of young children. Cotton On Foundation provides ongoing support to the workshops once a term.
Contributed to new stage through The Mulka Project
Music Workshops funded
First Learning On Country Workshop funded
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