The Learning on Country Program is delivered with a key focus on the senior secondary student cohort. The teaching and learning programs are developed collaboratively between school and Ranger staff, with a focus on field-based activity, drawing on traditional and western knowledge systems. Activities include a wide range of Ranger groups' projects and responsibilities around land and sea management and are modelled by cultural knowledge as directed by Traditional Owners.
Objectives of the Program are to increase school retention to Year 12 or equivalent, increase transition rates to further education, training and employment, and to increase inter-generational transmission of Indigenous knowledge and practices.
School and Ranger staff draw on traditional and western knowledge systems to develop integrated field and classroom-based activities. In this way, LoC students have a culturally appropriate education and a clear pathway to employment. Field workshops and school-based learning activities are linked directly to NTCET, Australian Curriculum and VET Certificate outcomes.
The LoC Program is both an incubator and succession planning solution for various industry sectors involved in the sustainable use of land, sea and conservation management. In many ways the LoC Program has come to be regarded as developing the next generation of Rangers and Traditional Custodians.
Land and sea management groups have indicated significant growth over the decade, creating business opportunities in cultural and natural resource management particularly for Indigenous populations.