It was all hands on at Bendigo TAFE when it came to learning about the history and traditions of Aboriginal culture during NAIDOC Week celebrations.
A group of little artists from BRIT Beginners Children’s Centre decorated a large canvas with their handprints in the colours representing the Aboriginal flag. Bendigo TAFE’s Koori students assisted the three to five year olds as part of their course in children’s services.
Diploma of Children’s Services student Tina Thompson said the finished artwork bought a sense of pride to both young and old.
Ms Thompson said the children were eager for information on the way Aboriginal people painted and communicated many years ago.
“As an Aboriginal student, it was one of the best opportunities I have ever had to be able to share my heritage and culture with the children,” Ms Thompson said.
“I feel really proud to be Aboriginal because the children were so attentive and willing to participate and learn about the Aboriginal culture.”
Director education and pathways Darlene Bull said the collaboration was a valuable learning experience for everyone involved.
“The students were able to share their knowledge of Indigenous culture and the benefits of painting with the children. These shared experiences provide opportunities for children to extend their exploration skills and develop a strong sense of identity,” Ms Bull said.
Pictured: A group of young artists from BRIT Children’s Centre sit proudly with their Aboriginal inspired artwork along with students Tara-Jane Priest and Emily Stapleton.