This week ILF Lifetime Ambassador Alison Lester and musician/ teacher Chris Aitken are out in Yakanarra Community in the Kimberley region of WA. Our 'Yakanarra Song Book' — Community Literacy Project—will be a collection of old and new songs in both Walmajarri and English.
Mary Vanbee and Jessie Moora, two local elders and teachers, initiated this project on our visit to the community back in 2013.
The kids of Yakanarra Community School will produce four new songs and illustrations with the assistance of Chris & Alison over the weeklong trip.
“Parents, carers, elders and brothers and sisters are reading to their younger ones. It’s great to see a big mob of children sitting around one older person who is reading to them. It also helps with bonding and attachment with the little ones. It’s a fantastic resource.
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