On most mornings of the week I listen to a Mackay aboriginal radio station because of the old country music, which they play between 9:00 and 11:00 am. This is then followed by another syndicated aboriginal program, which comes out of Cairns, called National Talk Black (this is a play on the words talk back). This session usually has interviews with different people. A couple of weeks ago they interviewed somebody on the YWAM mission ship, which travels to New Guinea.
Yesterday, the interview was with two ladies from the Maitland Lutheran School in South Australia. They were talking about an apparently cuddly lifelike robot called Pink, which was on loan from the Independent Schools of SA – they have two of them, which they distribute to schools who have an interest. At Maitland, they are using the robot to teach the local aboriginal language, and in the process, they are programming this information into Pink.
My recollection was that the ladies said that during this period, there had been an increase in the number of days that some aboriginal children attended school – the inference was that for some, their attendance was not necessarily all that regular. The comment was also made that this was due to the fact that, for the children, this was a fun event. After the interview had concluded, the person conducting the interview also made a comment along the lines this was how the aborigines used to teach their children by making the period of learning a fun event.”
retired LEVNT Accountant