This week is Reconciliation week, and to celebrate it, a few schools around Australia are teaching students a language called Noongar. This is one of the traditional, indigenous languages that only some people speak. There have been many other languages that are native to Australia and have now died out, but these kids are trying to restore that culture. Many people who were native to Noongar actually did not speak the fluent language of the Noongar culture and that is the main reason why these kids are learning it. These children have been learning mostly through songwriting and singing but also some normal classroom sessions as well. Many people have identified this idea and are now encouraging it although others are a bit disappointed due to the fact that they know that there were many more indigenous Australian languages that have now been lost in past times.
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