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NAIDOC Week event for kids

A FUN family event has been organised at the Early Learning Centre to celebrate NAIDOC week, with arts and crafts and language learning to be some of the highlights of the day.
Nanjing Night Net

Several elders will be in attendance on Friday, and will be passing on the knowledge they have to kids and parents, and will give examples of the Wiradjuri language.

The Early Learning Centre is welcoming everyone to the event, and trainee child educator and organiser Mahalia Doolan is expecting a great day.

“It is organised as a family event and we are expecting everyone to have a great day,” she said.

“We have several activities organised such as face painting and cultural paintings as well as a barbecue.

“Several elders have been invited and they will be giving examples of the Wiradjuri language which we have been spending some time on in the classroom.

“It is an important week and all the kids are looking forward to it.”

This will not be the first time the kids have heard or learnt of the Wiradjuri language, with Early Learning Centre approved provider Matthew Stapleton revealing it is something they believe is very important for the kids to be educated about.

“It is great for the kids to learn some of this culture that is right on their doorstep,” he said.

“We aren’t getting the kids to learn the full language or anything, just some of the simpler things like symbols and basic words.

“It will help close the gap and make things more inclusive.

“Mahalia has done a fantastic job and she gets help from her grandmother Patricia Doolan who is well known in the community.”

The Early Learning Centre is at 6 Blueridge Drive, Dubbo, and the NAIDOC Week event runs from 2pm to 5pm.

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