Highly commended note for Bayside language and culture program
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Bayside’s Early Education Gaarma Language and Culture Program highly commended

by Freya Lucas

June 27, 2024

Bayside Council’s Early Education Gaarma Language and Culture Program received a Highly Commended Award at the 2024 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards held in early June. 


The program introduced Aboriginal language, culture and history into education programs at Council’s Child Care Centres, and in early 2023 children from Council’s three early childhood education and care centres visited the Gujaga Foundation in La Perouse to learn language through song and play-based experiences and walk on Country through the Guriwal Bush Tucker trail.


The success of this excursion inspired the Council to engage Gujaga to deliver its Dharawal Language program to preschool-aged children every week.


The program, with the help of the local First Nations community, has improved cultural awareness and understanding and built a strong sense of belonging amongst the children and their families.


In turn, First Nations communities have learned how to engage with our early learning services and have been supported to share their knowledge and culture with pride.


“This is a wonderful program that complements our efforts to achieve real reconciliation and celebrate our shared history. I would like to congratulate all those involved in this program,” Mayor Bill Saravinovski said.

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