3 August 2018
The first Koorie Early Years resource Kit developed locally was launched this week at the Warrnambool Art Gallery.
The kit, Waetnanad Ngootooway Waka Thiyama-ki (Together we all share knowledge) was developed by Keerray-Woorroong (the Maar Nation–Gunditjmara) Early Years educator and artist Sherry Johnstone. It will be launched on Thursday 2 August by local Elders Uncle Robbie Lowe Senior and Uncle Locky Eccles and will be provided free to all preschool programs and sites across south west Victoria.
Ms Johnstone said she had created the kit because of the lack of locally produced resources for teachers.
“In creating the resource kit, I hope it gives teachers greater confidence and ideas to easily incorporate Aboriginal culture (including language) within their programs and services,” Ms Johnstone said.
Ms Johnstone has experience working with young children and their families and extends across preschool and primary school programs. Her wealth of local cultural knowledge and connection to Country has resulted in this inspirational resource that will assist Early Years Educators and parents to a broader understanding of Aboriginal symbols, stories and games for young children from all cultures.
The kit was generously funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).