Makinti Minutjukur is the Director of the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Education Committee (PYEC) and Katrina Tjitayi is the Anangu School Improvement Coordinator.
In this interview, Makinti and Katrina reflect on the South Australian Government’s plan to transform schooling in Anangu communities.
Under the plan, Anangu schools will be open for 48 weeks each year and some decisions related to school expenditure will be centralised.
Makinti and Katrina emphasise the importance of developing a clear, strong focus on Anangu children’s needs and their learning outcomes.
They also discuss their vision for PYEC, particularly their hope that the Government’s new plan will strengthen the role and influence of PYEC and lead to more funding being made available for the development of Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara educational resources and other PYEC priorities.
On the same day that we spoke with Makinti and Katrina, we also recorded an interview with Peter Chislett, the consultant hired by the South Australian Government to develop the new Anangu schools model.