Wanta Sports Academy
Wanta is a not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation that strives to tackle the significant gap in education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, whilst improving their health and well-being, and enhancing employment opportunities. The Kalkaringi Academy is one of eight Wanta academies established in remote communities spread throughout the Northern Territory.
Through targeted pupil pickups every morning, classroom assistance, provision of sport, recreation, and cultural activities, reward trips, music therapy, and coordinating opportunities to gain learner driver, OHCRE cards, and first aid certifications, Wanta works with upper primary and secondary students to:
- Increase school attendance
- Improve education outcomes
- Better prepare students for employment post-education
In the two years that Wanta has had an Academy in Kalkaringi, the programme has been very well received by the local community and stakeholders. The pupils line the fence to use the Wanta room morning, lunch, and afterschool and are always on the count down to the next reward trip so they too are firmly in favour of having Wanta around!
Moving forward, the Kalkaringi Academy aims to further build its relationships with the community, school, pupils and stakeholders, and to continue to support and deliver activities and trips tied to educational pathways and outcomes, particularly supporting senior students and their attempts to obtain qualifications in various areas, further supporting employment outcomes. Ultimately, Wanta works tirelessly to help the pupils of Kalkaringi School to achieve a fulfilling education experience that will enable them to have a brighter future and this year will be no different.