Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan (BMNAC) translates to ‘two path strong’ in the Gumbaynggirr language which sets the tone for the goals and vision of our organisation.
Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan was established in 2010 when two after school learning centres were set up at Wongala Estate Aboriginal Reserve and Woolgoolga High School. Another after school Learning Centre was established at William Bayldon Primary School in Sawtell in 2012.
The programs that we deliver are designed to ensure that Aboriginal youth are strong in terms of both cultural identity and educational success. It is our goal that our children complete and achieve at school at the same rate as all Australian children in order to compete for real jobs whilst also being knowledgeable and proud of who they are as Aboriginal people.
BMNAC is a not-for-profit Charity with Public Benelevont Institution (PBI) and Deductible Gift Recipiency (DGR) status.
Initially, all three learning centres were coordinated and attended in a voluntary capacity until late 2013 when funding was received from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s PaCE initiative to run programs that encourage parents to engage with and participate in the education of their children.
Since 2013 we have continually expanded the scope of our programs in order to meet the aspirations of our community. We now deliver the following:
Goori Learning Centres
A series of three after school Goori Learning Centres (GLCs)
Gumbaynggirr Language Revitalisation Programs & Gumbaynggirr Bilingual School
Including weekly community classes, school packages, recording speakers and teacher training
One per year
Cultural Engagement Training
For schools and organisations
Monthly Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience - K