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Aboriginal languages to be taught at Early Childhood Services

The state government has announced a new program aimed at increasing the level of Aboriginal languages being taught in NSW early childhood services.

According to the NSW Department of Education, the initiative, called Ninganah No More, aims to “increase the literacy and vocabulary skills of Aboriginal children across NSW, support Aboriginal children to develop into bilingual speakers, and to develop stronger links between early childhood education services and their local Aboriginal communities”.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant feels the program will be successful in its efforts to foster culture and identity in Indigenous people, as well as non-Aboriginal children.

“Ninganah No More will be beneficial to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in the region. Research shows that learning a second language has long-term developmental benefits and this will be hugely valuable to our electorate in the future,” Mr Grant said.

Dubbo organisations wishing to implement the program must apply to the department for funding and will be assessed for suitability with a view to successful implementation.

Minister for Early Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs, Sarah Mitchell, said she is proud the NSW Government is continuing to put Aboriginal Culture and Heritage front and centre.

“In 2017, NSW made history as the first state in Australia to pass legislation acknowledging the value and importance of language to Aboriginal people,” she said.

“Ninganah means to be quiet, and the goal of Ninganah No More is to help ensure Aboriginal languages are no longer unheard voices in our community. I am excited to see the success of the program once it’s rolled out.”

Applications for the program are open until May 11. For more information visit www.education.nsw.gov.au