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Australia: Nungalinya College

I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. – Jeremiah 3:15 

 Keifer Hall is studying Certificate II Foundation Studies. © Nungalinya College, 2018.
 Keifer Hall is studying Certificate II Foundation Studies. © Nungalinya College, 2018.


ABM has been supporting the Literacy and Numeracy Courses at Nungalinya College for a number of years. There is an ongoing need for these courses with over 450 students applying this year for the 150 places available.

The courses have been a major blessing to many students in developing their literacy and in encouraging them in their Christian faith and their confidence to study and work . However many students who previously completed the Certificate I level course were still finding the jump to the Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology too big a gap.

In 2018 the College added a new Certificate II in Literacy to help bridge that gap. The Certificate II will allow a further year of learning to build on the Certificate I and enable students to be ready for Certificate III. This year was the first year of the course, with 15 students participating. There is now a learning pathway from a preliminary literacy level right through to Certificate IV with a Diploma in Translating planned for 2019.

Certificate II student, Kiefer Hall, is from the community of Ngukurr. He speaks Kriol and Marra. Keifer says:

“I am studying the Certificate II Foundation Studies and I have completed Media and Certificate I Foundation Studies. I have come back to Nungalinya College to be encouraged and to learn more
 about God.”

We look forward to Keifer continuing his studies next year in Christian Ministry and Theology.

Empowering young Christian people like Keifer is at the core of what Nungalinya College is about. Many continue to struggle with poor access to education, language and health barriers. Too often they are faced with an education system with very high staff turnover. Relationship is crucial for Aboriginal people and so this is one of the biggest barriers to successful education. Nungalinya has now been offering training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for 45 years. That long-term relationship with Aboriginal churches and communities is vital in making Nungalinya a place that is known and trusted and embraced.

Please continue to support the work of Nungalinya in empowering Indigenous Christians into the future.

AU017NG needs $42,750 in 2019 (tax-deductible)



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August 2019 – Troy Mardigan, an artist and student of theology at Nungalinya College, gives an insight into his painting ‘Creation Story’ which he painted as a deep reflection on his study of God’s Story. Read more

June 2019 – Ben Van Gelderen has been Principal of Nungalinya College since December 2018, following Jude Long’s departure after 8 years in the role. Read more

December 2018 – Principal Jude Long says farewell after 8 years at Nunglalinya College. Read more

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