Lost language goes back to school

A language that was once thought to be lost could get a second lease on life.

Barngarla community leaders are currently in discussions with Hincks Avenue Primary School to introduce a pilot Barngarla language program.

Barngarla elder Anita Taylor said there was a strong desire by the Barngarla community to revitalise its once dormant language and this meant passing the culture on to future generations.

"We need to protect these Indigenous languages," Ms Taylor said.

Ms Taylor said she would like the Barngarla language and culture to be shared with children from all cultural backgrounds.

"It's about all children having the opportunity," Ms Taylor said.

The initiative has gained interest from a number of professionals and educators as well as other agencies and organisations supportive of building the local Indigenous culture.

About 40 per cent of Hincks Avenue Primary School students are Indigenous making the school ideal to pilot the program.

Hincks Avenue Primary School principal Cathryn Herbert said the school was working with the governing council and school community to discuss the idea of introducing the teaching of Barngarla language and education.

"It's a great opportunity to investigate the Barngarla language as an area of study in our school," Mrs Herbert said.

"It's about that exposure to culture of our local community and I think it's important that all of the students in the school acknowledge each other's culture whatever that may be."

While a Barngarla language program is only in its early stages, a pilot program would be evaluated after one year with the goal to eventually be taught in all schools on Barngarla land.

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