Bilingual Baby Book Launched in East Arnhem

Anglicare NT’s East Arnhem Communities 4 Children (EA C4C) launched the Bilingual Baby Board book Manikay Mala Djamarrkuḻiw’ – Songs for Little Children at the opening of the new Galiwin’ku Library in September.

Retired Shepherdson College Educator Elizabeth Djandilnga Thorne (Lama) was engaged by the Northern Territory Library to work with the community to develop the content and artwork for the baby book. The Northern Territory Library are one of EA C4C Community Partner’s, engaged to deliver local early intervention activities to support vulnerable and at-risk children. Lama attended the library opening event and assisted to launch the book and distribute it to Galiwin’ku families.

Children from Shepherdson College and the Family as First Teachers program sang some of the traditional children’s songs and rhymes from the book in Yolngu Matha and English at  the event.

Anglicare NT offers the Communities for Children program in Alice Springs and East Arnhem, with the aim of creating child-friendly and nurturing communities where children and families have the opportunity to develop and grow.