Tika Tirka, a new $8.3 million accommodation facility that will allow Aboriginal post-secondary students from remote and outer and regional areas of the state to live and study in the city, was launched today.
Tika Tirka, Kaurna for “sit and learn”, is a purpose-built, 20-bed apartment style student accommodation in Gilbert Street, Adelaide, built in a partnership between the State and Commonwealth Governments, and co-ordinated by the SA Housing Authority.
Aboriginal students from remote areas can find it challenging to be away from their home and cultural surroundings. Tika Tirka is designed with a mix of shared and common spaces to provide a culturally welcoming environment to help young Aboriginal students feel at home.
The service model is the first of its kind in South Australia, offering support to help residents succeed in their personal goals and academic and career aspirations. Residents are also provided support to ensure their emotional and physical wellbeing, and that their cultural connections are maintained by facilitating linkages with culturally supportive services.
It is available to Aboriginal students aged over 18 years with remote home communities who are undertaking post-secondary study, including vocational studies.
The project is supported by Aboriginal community leaders, schools, tertiary and vocational education providers and the not-for-profit sector.