Welcome to our place – East Arnhem Land. Our people, the Yolngu, have lived here for countless generations.
Our homeland community of Mandjawuy is beautiful but it’s also remote and maintaining regular services can be tough. The nearest town, Yirrkala, is three hours away.
Our community consists of our homes, a school house, a health clinic and a bush airstrip. About 30 Yolngu call this place home.
It is our place where our culture lives and where we can teach our kids in a safe environment.
Funding for remote education is always a challenge and the future of our school is uncertain.
Our school is bicultural which means our kids are taught English in the context of our traditional knowledge. It keeps our culture and our identity alive. If our school closes, we will lose our kids to the problems of bigger towns - overcrowded houses, alcohol and drugs, poor health and no future.
We also need jobs on our homeland, so we can be strong and independent.
We want to keep our beautiful culture alive here in Mandjawuy. And we want to take control of our own future. That is why we decided to build this Knowledge Water business.
Our Family History in
Our family has been dedicated to education in our region since Europeans first arrived at the beginning of last century.
We are the children and grandchildren of the great Yolngu leader, Wonggu, who guided our people through the difficult period of white settlement from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Dula’s eldest daughter, Nalwarri Ngurruwutthun, became a tertiary qualified teacher and a school principal. Nalwarri was one of the leaders of bilingual education in our region for decades and the original driving force for the Knowledge Water business.
Today our family is just as committed to education and independence for our people as Wonggu, Dula and Nalwarri were.