We’re excited as we’ve just released the second series of the Aboriginal Landcare Education Program (ALEP) Learning Guides with thirteen new training units for sale. The ALEP guides were first developed for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the Top End, but with the addition of local resources such as local plant identification books etc. they are very applicable to all areas of Australia.
The principal goal of these resources is to support the learning process; the intent is that they will be used in an interactive manner with learners rather than as self-paced study guides. The structure and sequence have been designed to follow the logical steps of the practical tasks wherever possible. Concepts are introduced and then consolidated with group discussion and/or practical activities.
The units of competency are frequently used within Certificates I to III in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management courses and cover, where possible, the elements, performance criteria and required skills and knowledge of each unit.
Volker Mischker, one of the developers of the guides and an ALEP Trainer, considers that these guides provide a sound technical foundation, however, he strongly encourages trainers to complement the guides with additional, authentic resources from relevant industry texts and websites. “The guides can be used in part or in their entirety but trainers should always link them to practical activities to strengthen the students understanding,” said Mr. Mischker.
Mike Clark, our Pilbara Program Manager, went on to say that genuine consideration was given to the level of language used in the guides. “The goal has been to find a balance between simplifying the language to an accessible level and ensuring that the vocational concepts are addressed. It is hoped that with appropriate support these texts can provide an opportunity for students to strengthen their language, literacy and numeracy skills as well” he said.
We also engaged Aboriginal people in the development of these ALEP Guides to ensure that they are suitable for use within a program based on Aboriginal pedagogies.
This learning guide series was developed as part of our Indigenous Training Program that is funded through the partnership with BHP Billiton Iron Ore. “BHP Billiton is proud to support Greening Australia to provide valuable conservation and land management training to communities throughout the Pilbara” said Gavin Price, Head of Environment, BHP Billiton Iron Ore.
The Aboriginal Landcare Education Program (ALEP) started in the Northern Territory in 1994. ALEP’s training is based around practical community projects and employing Aboriginal staff is central to the ALEP philosophy. ALEP focuses on increased employment and healthy lifestyle options for young Aboriginal people, but ensures the whole community from children to elders are included in the projects.