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New schools series gives indigenous perspective in Australia

New schools series gives indigenous perspective in Australia

16 March 2011

Yarning Strong is a series of resources for upper primary and middle school students, which shares the stories of young urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in contemporary Australia.

Published by Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand, it is designed to help teachers present topics from an indigenous perspective and to help young indigenous students understand their own experiences.

The series was developed with the support of a national Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee and was launched by OUP Chief Executive Nigel Portwood at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Sydney.

Lee Walker, Primary Director at OUP Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are very proud of Yarning Strong. It is a ground-breaking series that is already positively impacting the Australian education market. Educators can feel confident in teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives without fear of causing offence or perpetuating inaccurate stereotypes.”

Yarning Strong was written and illustrated by indigenous authors and artists, and a committee of indigenous representatives from around Australia ensured that the editorial approach was culturally appropriate and sensitive. The series is supported by DVDs and digital resources, and will help teachers embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in all learning areas, as required in the Australian Curriculum.

The series is an example of Oxford University Press’s international schools publishing. OUP produces learning resources for local schools in countries across the world. This helps to further the mission of the University by providing high quality learning materials which are relevant to students and teachers in the countries in which it operates.

For more information about Yarning Strong visit www.oup.com.au