Youth X-change

A Youth Exchange through Arts & Technology - Stories of Culture, Identity, Community & Place

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This page introduces our informal international youth exchange. As part of the second phase of this study we hope to include some international schools in our formal research partnership. This informal exchange is working to build relationships with some international schools.

Our schools for the informal youth exchange include the three schools in Canada, which are currently part of the formal research project: Ben Calf Robe – St. Clare School in Edmonton, Alberta; Chief T’Seleye School, in the Northwest Territories; and Tatsikkiisaapo’p Middle School on Kainai Reserve in Southern Alberta. Please see the schools’ homepages by clicking on the tabs above to learn more about each of these schools.

Our other international youth exchange schools include:

Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School in Santa Teresa central Australia


Ltyentye Apurte Community Education Centre is a Catholic School situated in Santa Teresa, an Aboriginal settlement of 800 people belonging to the Eastern Arrernte people. The Indigenous people speak fluent Arrernte and use English as their second language.

The community is located 80kms southeast of Alice Springs, in semi-desert country. Temperatures are extreme, ranging from –2 to 46 degrees and there is year round access via an unsealed road.

The school at Santa Teresa community was founded as a Mission in 1953 by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and the OLSH Sisters. The school is now known as Ltyentye Apurte Community Education Centre (LACEC) and is governed by the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Darwin and the Marist Brothers. ‘Ltyentye apurte’ means ‘clump of beefwood trees’ in the Arrernte language.

There are 35 staff at the school, 20 of whom are Indigenous. With an enrolment of 145 students from pres-school to Year 10, the school has small class sizes and features specialist facilities including a community library, manual arts, visual arts, pottery and home economics.

The school buildings and staff housing have been recently refurbished and the well resourced classrooms feature interactive whiteboards and computers to support student learning.

English is the second or third language of most students at the school and the Arrernte language and cultural program is a key part of the curriculum at LACEC. Teachers work as a member of a teaching team in partnership with local Indigenous people and committed Arrernte assistant teachers and tutors.

LACEC offers a post primary senior pathways program and also takes part in projects of national significance including, Growing Our Own (GOO), Leading Aligned Numeracy Development (LAND) and Strong Foundations. The school also has high student attendance rates (80%) and a successful literacy program showing significant student progress.

With a full-time curriculum support teacher and a school/community liaison officer, LACEC offers a student nutrition program providing breakfast and lunch for students and a student tutorial program out of hours.

Study Hall School in Lucknow, India

Study Hall, an English medium co-educational Secondary School, affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, is situated in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. Established in 1986, the school has a strength of over 2000 students who are being imparted education up to class XII standard in various streams.

Since 1986, Study Hall has offered an innovative and award-winning learning experience specifically designed to meet the needs of its students. By creating an inspirational community-based environment, Study Hall seeks to unlock the passions, purpose, and potential in each student while inspiring a lifelong love of learning. Our unique constructivist program directs intellectual growth and development through integrated curricula, guided by an experienced faculty with subject-area expertise.

Study Hall works in tandem with the three interlinked goals of access, quality and equity and believes in inclusive education. We also impart education to about 100 children with special needs, children born with physical and psychological challenges. Ever since 2003, Study Hall has also been supporting the education of over 800 girls from disadvantaged sections of society. These girls have access to the same infrastructure and facilities as the Study Hall children.

In our school, students are encouraged to realize their imaginative designs by creating art, writing their own original plays, composing music, writing lyrics, devising original science experiments, building educational tree houses for younger students, etc. At Study Hall, creativity occurs everywhere. We teach students to think about not just getting the correct answer but finding multiple ways to solve a problem.

WE BELIEVE diversity is essential to achieving our mission of educating children to make choices that will benefit the world. Children are present in every socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and racial group and in families with diverse structures. They bring diverse gifts and talents to the Study Hall Educational Foundation. Study Hall believes that the best education occurs when students, faculty, staff, and families are able to share their talents in a community drawn from all of these backgrounds. We are dedicated to building and sustaining a community that welcomes and celebrates diversity.

WE COMMIT to finding, welcoming, and nurturing students and their families from diverse backgrounds. We are dedicated to attracting and retaining world-class faculty and staff who mirror our institution’s beliefs and values. The Study Hall foundation actively seeks better ways to support our members through community conversations on diversity, professional development, and tuition assistance.

WE NURTURE diversity in our classrooms through curricula that explore multiculturalism, globalization, and inclusiveness through an emphasis on social and emotional learning. Our curriculum emphasizes empathy as critical to creative solutions and leadership. The collaborative learning we teach honours each individual’s voice. We inspire children to know themselves, be themselves, and express themselves.

WE RECOGNIZE that cultivating an inclusive diverse community is a complex and ongoing process. We encourage and value honest conversations and believe they strengthen our community and enrich the experiences of our students, teachers, staff, and parents. We promise to continue to evaluate our policies and practices in order to realize our goals of diversity and inclusion at Study Hall.