Students learn local Aboriginal language from Uncle Locky

Uncle Locky Eccles is teaching kindergarten students in Warrnambool Peek Wooroong, the local Aboriginal language.

Students gain a greater understanding of Koorie culture through the use of Peek Wooroong language in kindergarten settings. The program also enhances the kindergartens' connections to the local Koorie community.

Uncle Locky said he talked about Country and language with the children and loved to see their faces light up while learning the language.

Uncle Locky, a Gunditjmara Elder, is a Koorie Liaison Officer at South-West TAFE, and is completing Certificate III in Learning an Endangered Aboriginal Language, a course recently added to the government-funded course list from 2020.

Find out more about the Aboriginal language programs.