Australia Post offers Aboriginal language learning at McDonald Park

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DELIVERY: Students Zane and Zoe with Moli det bigibigi and post office employees Joanne Leyden and Dianne Horbury.

PUPILS at McDonald Park Primary School recently received a special delivery from Australia Post to encourage students to learn about the Aboriginal language.

Mount Gambier Post Office Manager Joanne Leyden and Postal Delivery Agent Dianne Horbury visited the school with copies of the bilingual children’s book Moli det bigibigi (Molly the pig) by Binkari woman Karen Manbulloo.

The visit was enjoyed by the school’s A2 class, whose pupils read Mrs Horbury’s story in English before a video version was read in Kriol.

“This visit is a great opportunity to get out into the community and showcase Indigenous literacy,” said Ms. Leyden.

“I hope that sharing Moli det bigibigi with these young Australians will foster the pleasure of reading and curiosity about the world around them.

“Connecting with the community is an important part of my role as Postal Manager and this visit is especially special to help raise awareness of the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation.

After the reading, the students discussed their favorite parts of the story and asked Mrs. Horbury and Mrs. Leyden questions about their work at the post office.

Australia Post community manager Nicky Tracey said she hoped the program would help introduce more students to the Kriol language.

“Our partnership with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation helps ensure that children across Australia have access to quality books, and more than 40% feature Indigenous authors or illustrators,” Ms Tracey said. .

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