The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-11-28T02:46:36Z Gurindji People Unveil Their Stories in New Book 2016-11-28T02:46:36Z gurindji-people-unveil-their-stories-in-new-book The latest release from Batchelor Press tells the story of the Gurindji people of Northern Australia.  Their iconic Wave Hill Walk Off that marked the birth of the Aboriginal Land Rights movement is well-known, but until now little of their traditional culture and history has been published for a wider audience. The book, titled Mayarni-kari Yurrk (literally, ‘More Stories’), was produced by the same collaborative team that compiled Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji country (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016). This volume contains stories from the early station days, Puwarraja (Dreamtime) stories, local accounts of regional legends, personal tales about Walk Off identities, and a series of anecdotes from a police tracker at Wave Hill (Kalkaringi) Police Station. Historical accounts from Dandy Danbayarri, Ronnie Wavehill, Blanche Bulngari, Pincher Nyurrmiari, Banjo Ryan, Violet Wadrill, Biddy Wavehill Yamawurr, Connie Ngarmeiye and Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal are illustrated with historical and modern photos as well as artwork from one story-teller. Gurindji culture has a strong oral storytelling tradition that fulfils many purposes: ceremonial, entertainment and the transmission of knowledge vital to survival. Mayarni-kari Yurrk details ancient and modern tales. It provides a captivating insight into the Gurindji perspective on history and some very personal stories of Aboriginal life in the Victoria River region before the modern era. You can order a copy of the book here. Batchelor Press is the publishing arm of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and produces teaching and learning resources primarily for Indigenous Australian students living in remote communities, the majority of whom have English as a second or third language. NT Prison Graduates Up 141.33% 2016-10-17T05:25:19Z nt-prison-graduates-up-141-33 The latest round of graduation ceremonies at correctional facilities in the Northern Territory has brought the total number of incarcerated students obtaining educational certificates this year to 181 across Darwin and Alice Springs, representing an 141.33% increase in the past year. The Darwin Correctional Facility’s recent graduation ceremony earlier this month saw 69 VET certificates awarded. Last week a further 23 prisoners graduated at the Alice Springs Correctional Facility. This program has achieved rapid growth, with annual graduate numbers rising from 75 in 2015 to 181 in 2016. Prisoners received training and education from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in a range of disciplines including engineering, visual arts, family wellbeing and bridging courses like Access to Vocational Pathways. Implementing VET programs in correctional centres has been proven to reduce the recidivism rate significantly. Studies have shown that rates of reoffending after participation in VET programs whilst incarcerated drop from 32% to 23% whilst also improving perceptions of employability. The educational program is run via a partnership between Batchelor Institute and the Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services via a seven year service level agreement signed at Parliament House last year.  It aims to provide quality education and training to prisoners in order to align them with suitable employment opportunities and reduce the risk of re-offending.