Uncle Lawrence (Cheesy) Anderson is an Elder in his community in Cunnamulla.
Uncle Cheesy said culture in early education is the key to growing children up proud and strong.
‘Culture in early childhood is the foundation of where we’re going, of where we’ve come from,’ he said.
‘To me, we live that culture when we nurture kids.
‘We’re connected by blood—physically, emotionally, socially—we’re all bound together and we learn from each other.
‘That’s our makeup, that’s generations and generations of stuff. It didn’t happen overnight.’
Uncle Cheesy’s wife,
Aunty Cindy Anderson, works at the local Mums and Bubs where parents and children can learn together before they start kindy.
He said children start learning from birth so this early education at Mums and Bubs and kindy is so important before they start school.
‘Early education is paramount to anybody’s development and growth, no matter what culture you come from,’ Uncle Cheesy said.
‘From the moment we’re born to the minute we die, we learn every day.
‘We never stop learning.
‘Education is a tool and without it we will struggle.’
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