The Tjindu Foundation has returned to remote communities with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions enabling the delivery of its in-school Tjindu STRONG program.
Tjindu STRONG is a program delivered in 11 South Australian schools in the remote communities of Ernabella, Fregon, Mimili, Indulkana, Amata, Pipalyatjara, Murputja, Kenmore Park, Oak Valley, Yalata and Koonibba.
“It’s been a challenging start to the year for our program schools, which returned to the classroom later than their metropolitan counterparts due to COVID impacts in remote communities,” explains Tjindu Foundation general manager Kellie Graves.
“However it’s been great getting the Tjindu Foundation back out to engage with remote communities in Maralinga and the APY Lands by delivering Tjindu STRONG in schools in this middle part of the year.”
The Tjindu Foundation recently met with representatives from the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Education Committee (PYEC) to discuss community needs and establish connections with the Anangu community’s education goals.
This processes has informed the development of important curriculum support tools for remote South Australian communities, including a new Tjindu STRONG program booklet for 2022.
This booklet delivers positive messages to students regarding oral health, eating and staying healthy, COVID-19, and cyber safety and limiting screen time.
The booklet contains tasks for each module and combines with sport and fitness outcomes when the Tjindu team delivers sessions in schools.