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Karrkad Kanjdji Trust

Support bi-cultural education on Country

Support bi-cultural education on Country

In 2015 philanthropists and community members came together to establish the Nawarddeken Academy....

australia > NT > regional
17/09/2021 > 30/06/2022


  • Education & training
  • Indigenous communities


  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Young people (6-25)


In 2015 philanthropists and community members came together to establish the Nawarddeken Academy.

It is a unique approach to remote Indigenous education which provides children with a brighter future while supporting ranger families as they manage fire, conservation efforts and cultural heritage projects across the region. Scaling from one school at the Kabulwarnamyo ranger base community, in 2021 we aim to establish schools at Warddeken’s other two ranger base communities, Manmoyi and Mamardawerre.


Manmoyi and Mamardawerre communities have been provided with little to no access to education under the public school system and have been campaigning for change. Within the space of the next twelve months, we will use philanthropic funding to establish two new schools, embed a locally developed Indigenous Language and Culture Curriculum, and employ teachers - core operational costs will then be transitioned to federal funding under the Independent Schools framework.

Profile of Karrkad Kanjdji Trust

Karrkad Kanjdji Trust

The Karrkad Kanjdji Trust (KKT) works with Indigenous Ranger groups in one of Australia’s most culturally rich and biodiverse regions - West and Central Arnhem Land. KKT brings together ranger groups, communities and philanthropists to address some of our nation’s most pressing issues, including environmental conservation, education and employment. Our work is unique and respectful, in that each project we partner on is 100 per cent community driven, from concept to implementation.

Our partners (Warddeken Land Management Limited, Bawinanga Rangers, Mimal Land Management Aboriginal Corporation and Adjumarllarl Rangers) care for over 50,000 square kilometres of land and sea country. Working with communities, we have developed a simple yet highly effective model founded on an Indigenous approach to conservation.

Our six areas of focus are:
Biodiversity - native species conservation
Women - meaningful ranger employment
Culture - management of heritage
Education - on-country, bicultural programs
Community - sustainability of remote ranger bases
Climate - carbon abatement and traditional burning

KKT was established by the Traditional Owners of Warddeken and Djelk Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) in 2010. The name they gave us, Karrkad Kanjdji (pronounced gar-gut gun-jee), is a reference to the stone country highlands and savanna lowlands of Arnhem Land that we work together to protect.

Our vision is that current and future generations of bininj (Indigenous people) and balanda (non-Indigenous people) can work together to support the sustainability of land management and cultural heritage work, while enabling the ongoing self-determination of the people of West and Central Arnhem Land.


TOTAL BUDGET: $900,000
Funding sourceAmount
Anonymous donor$30,000
Anonymous donor$5,000
Website donations to date$5,000
Anonymous donor$12,000
Anonymous Donor (unconfirmed)$130,000
Anonymous Donor (unconfirmed)$50,000
Anonymous Donor (unconfirmed)$200,000
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$100,000
Expense itemAmount
Essential start-up costs, such as; teacher salaries, teacher accommodation*, technology, micro towers for internet connection**, 4WD for bush trips etc.$100,000

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