Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced three preschool services across Cessnock and Maitland have received grants to deliver the Ninganah No More program, which is designed to increase the level of Aboriginal languages being taught and embed awareness and understanding for children from an early age.
Kurri Kurri & District Pre School Kindergarten in Cessnock received $9,400 while East Maitland Pre-school Association received $13,650 and Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Council Pre-School, also in Maitland, received $1,500.
“The $400,000 Ninganah No More program will support young children including those in the Hunter to appreciate and understand Aboriginal languages while participating in early learning environments,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The local community will also benefit immensely, with stronger relationships forged between early childhood services and their local Aboriginal communities.
Minister for Early Childhood Education and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said “ Agencies and services running the program will soon be teaching 14 languages across NSW including Gumbaynggirr and Gamilaraay, Yuin, Wiradjuri, Paakantji and Bandjalang” she said.
“In addition to increasing the literacy and vocabulary skills of Aboriginal children in NSW, Ninganah No More will help young people preserve some of their heritage and traditions and develop as bilingual speakers”
“By opening the door on children’s curiosity, we are supporting them to learn more about Aboriginal cultures and languages,” Mrs Mitchell said.
Eligible organisations were invited to apply for grant based funding to deliver the program, and successful applicants have been advised individually.