A City of Gosnells pilot program to encourage families to learn Noongar together was so successful, it will be continued with a new six-week program at Thornlie Library.

Registrations are now open for the next series of Learning Noongar Through Storytime to be held on Saturdays, from 10am to 11am, starting on 21 August.

Mayor David Goode said the interactive sessions – funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services – use stories, songs, activities and play to encourage families to learn the Noongar language and culture together.

“Noongar language programs offered elsewhere are either aimed at adults or children, rather than families, which is why the City’s program is so special,” he said.

“The feedback we received from participants during the pilot was overwhelmingly positive – the presenter Kandice Hansen really connected with participants, who were keen to share and use what they had learnt in their daily lives, at home and work.

“It’s a wonderful way for people, whether or not they are Indigenous, to learn more about Noongar culture.”

The program is for families with children aged three to 10 years and participants are encouraged to attend each session from Saturday 21 August to Saturday 25 September.

Registration is essential by contacting Thornlie Library on 9251 8750 or email Library_queries@gosnells.wa.gov.au.

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