Martu want their children to grow up strong and healthy and they want their children to acquire and maintain knowledge in the mainstream and Martu worlds. The Martu Women and Families program is an integrated program partnering with key health and education service providers, KJ’s culture, country, language and leadership programs and World Vision Australia.
This a coordinated and holistic approach to ensure that Martu families are in control of their children’s futures and that they access services that are informed by Martu culture and knowledge. Martu want programs to be based in their communities, hence this program will be delivered and implemented in the Martu communities.
The four key areas of focus for the program are:
Early education – The program delivers early childhood education using tools and materials framed for Martu society and context. This uses an evidence based mainstream approach modified for Martu parents and children. It provides parents and caregivers with the skills to enrich their children’s growth and learning experiences.
Health – the program has a key focus on maternal and child health. By partnering with specialist health providers and addressing high priority health issues (such as skin disease, ear infections and nutrition) in a targeted way, the program looks to drive lasting change in child health.
Cultural knowledge, identity and language – Martu parents want their children to grow up Martu. They want to make sure their children can maintain their culture and ensure that knowledge is passed on to the future generations. Culture is the foundation of Martu identity and society.
Leadership –Martu live in two worlds. They need the knowledge and confidence that will enable them to navigate the mainstream world and fulfil their aspirations for their families and communities in the modern context. Parents and carers participate in activities designed by the Martu Leadership Program to build understanding of the mainstream world, confidence in engaging with it, aspiration for change and initiatives to drive changes designed by Martu.