More children on the Coffs Coast will have the opportunity to learn an Aboriginal language at preschool, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.
Mr Fraser said the NSW Government had announced Ninganah No More, a new program that will increase the level of Aboriginal languages taught in early childhood services across NSW.
Mr Fraser said the program will be a fantastic way for Aboriginal culture and identity to be developed and nurtured in the earliest stage of formal education in his electorate.
“Ninganah No More will be beneficial to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children on the Coffs Coast,” Mr Fraser said.
“Research shows that learning a second language has long-term developmental benefits and this will be hugely valuable to our region in the future.”
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.”
For more information on Ninganah No More, contact the Aboriginal Services team at the Department of Education on 9266 8215 or AboriginalprogramsECED@det.nsw.edu.au