‘Marrma’ Rom’ translates to ‘two worlds, two cultures or two belief systems’ in Yolngu Matha, the language of the people in Arnhem Land. The Marrma’ Rom’ Two Worlds Foundation is a leadership program to empower the next generation of young men and women from North East Arnhem Land. The vision of this Foundation is to enable youth from Arnhem Land to walk confidently in ‘two worlds’.
The Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation shares the strong, rich Yolngu culture of language, ceremony and customs with people of Geelong and surrounding areas. In exchange these young men and women learn about the world in which we live. They gain valuable knowledge and skills that will help them survive in this ever-changing, technology driven society. The students will become independent and develop ‘life skills’ that will enable them to live in both their worlds. They will gain the insight and skills to be role models for their communities in the future.
The Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation is a leadership program for secondary school students who have already shown leadership ability and a commitment to education. The participants are from various remote communities across North East Arnhem Land including Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Yirrkala and Ramingining.
The Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation was established in 2011 by Cameron Begg and Melissa Patterson, former teachers at various schools in remote communities and current teachers in Geelong. Both are passionate about Indigenous Education and have a deep understanding of the issues remote communities face.