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Nancy Devlin - “History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory”

The first detailed history of the innovative Northern Territory Bilingual Education Program, which began in remote schools more than 40 years ago, was launched at Charles Darwin University as part of NAIDOC Week.

The book, titled “History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory”, draws together the grassroots perspectives of education professionals and researchers, archival materials and policy analysis.

Peter Butler talked with co-author Nancy Devlin about the book.

Dr Devlin and Nancy Devlin, a Fellow of CDU’s School of Education and a former lecturer, said they were spurred on to tackle this project after two respected NT educators, including a fierce advocate for the bilingual program on Bathurst Island, lost their lives in a car accident in 2012.

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