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Opening up wartime history to students

As Australia prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and the Northern Territory Government have partnered to help Territory students learn more about the Top End’s wartime history.

Education Minister Eva Lawler said all Territory school students will have free access to the RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility at Stokes Hill Wharf when attending as part of an organised school excursion.

“This is a great initiative, particularly as we head toward the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin, and I congratulate the RFDS for allowing Territory students to learn more about this historic event,” Ms Lawler said.

“It is important students know about Territory history. History is a vital part of a high-quality education system.”

The Darwin Tourist Facility provides an insight into the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the World War II Bombing of Darwin.

“This is an interactive educational experience where students are able to see, experience and learn history with the assistance of technology,” Ms Lawler said.

“The stories reflected at the facility are part of the fabric of Territory and Australian history.

“Providing learning opportunities like this form part of a quality education experience, which is so important in giving children the best possible start in life.

“Giving every child the best start in life is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.

“We are investing an additional $124 million into education and focusing our efforts so that every child has the opportunity to become a successful learner,” Ms Lawler said.

Michael Toomey, General Manager, Northern Territory, RFDS Central Operations welcomed the partnership with the Northern Territory Government.

“The RFDS is delighted to help inform and educate students about significant historical events which helped shape the Northern Territory,” Mr Toomey said.

“Technology is a powerful educational tool, particularly when combined with iconic stories like the history of the RFDS and the Bombing of Darwin.  

Marty Isaksen, Principal of Nightcliff Middle School said the use of technology at the facility will enable students to connect with history.

“Education is most powerful when the knowledge and ideas are delivered through a medium with which students connect – this technology enables students to do that,” Mr Isaksen said.

The free access offer is available to all Northern Territory schools throughout 2017.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility provides an insight into the history of the Service, which began operations in 1939, the year World War II began.

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