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Northern Territory teachers recognised for excellence.

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Northern Territory teachers recognised for excellence Tuesday, 29 November 2005

Senator Nigel Scullion today announced that Northern Territory teachers were recognised as some of Australia's outstanding university teachers.

The winners of this years Prime Minister's Award for University Teacher of the year is Northern Territory Associate Professor Michael Christie, Ms Waymamba Gaykamangu, Ms Betty Marrnganyin and Mr John Greatorex from Charles Darwin University. This team also won a teaching award in the category of Humanities and the Arts for their outstanding work on developing teaching and learning resources as part of the Yolngu Studies Project.

These two awards provide the team with $75,000.

Over ten years this Yolngu Studies team has developed an extensive range of resources, utilizing the skills which the four team members have developed over the last 30 years. Some of the key teaching and learning resources developed collaboratively by this team include a CD library of Yolngu literature, several multimedia DVDs which present Yolngu perspectives on land or cultural practice and the development and publishing of more than 30 texts.

This is a wonderful accolade for both the Northern Territory and especially the Yolgnu people as the work of the team was made possible only through the advice, supervision and assistance of many Yolgnu people, especially the Yolngu advisers.

"I congratulate Michael Christie, Ms Waymamba Gaykamangu, Ms Betty Marrnganyin and John Greatorex for the dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm and I am very pleased that they have been recognised for their excellence, said Senator Scullion.

"The Yolgnu Studies team has also won grants worth over $500,000 specifically to do with developing teaching and learning and this is a great incentive for Territorians to continue such inspiring work, Senator Scullion said.