Bathurst’s littlest learners will have a stronger connection to the local Aboriginal community, thanks to a NSW Government grant aimed at embedding Aboriginal culture into a local preschool’s everyday practice.
Local Member Paul Toole announced a $10,000 grant from the Liberals & Nationals for Pied Piper Preschool in Wallerawang today. The funding will go towards teaching a local Wiradjuri language and to purchase a number of resources to educate the children of the culture of the local Aboriginal community.
"This program will be beneficial to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children alike in the Bathurst electorate," Mr Toole said.
"Evidence shows that learning a second language has long-term developmental benefits for our kids, and this program will also ensure all children – no matter what their background – have a strong connection to the Aboriginal history of our region."
Minister for Early Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs said this is just another way the NSW Government is putting the importance of Australia’s rich Aboriginal history front-and-centre in educational settings.
"In 2017, NSW made history as the first state in Australia to pass legislation acknowledging the value and importance of language and culture to Aboriginal people," Ms Mitchell said.
"We all know how absorbent children’s minds are in the early years of education, so programs like the one at Pied Piper will ensure they carry this knowledge throughout their lives and pass it on to younger generations."