Reviving Wiradjuri in schools, towns and wider communities.

ABC Open Albury/Wodonga has recently put up an excellent story and short video about the revival and growth of Wiradjuri language in the towns of Forbes and Parkes in N.S.W.
Wiradjuri is being taught in primary schools to 1/10th of the population of Parkes, allowing for a whole generation to have contact and education in an Aboriginal language. Older speakers and teachers of Wiradjuri are seeing postitive changes throughout the community as a result of the language lessons including increased attendance at NAIDOC ceremonies, increased self esteem and school attendance of Aboriginal students and much less racism within the community. Teaching Aboriginal languages creates such fantastic opportunities for children, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, I really hope to see other communities start similar programmes in their schools.

-Annie

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