Student Madeline Choi, 8, about to plant a tree with fellow students Chloe Shin, 9, and Kelly Kim, 12, at Cabarita.
Student Madeline Choi, 8, about to plant a tree with fellow students Chloe Shin, 9, and Kelly Kim, 12, at Cabarita. Blainey Woodham

Bush tucker lesson for visitors

NO doubt many young Koreans have come to the Australian shores and experienced life at an Aussie primary school.

But not too many would learn how to identify and cook bush tucker and taste some lilly pilly berries straight off the tree.

A group of South Korean students gathered at the Goanna Track at Cabarita on Tuesday to "learn the ropes" from Aboriginal educator Franc Krasna.

"I like to show kids what bush tucker used to be here and what is still available today," Mr Krasna said.

"It all ties in with regeneration and environmental care of the bush.

"Things we take for granted are really fascinating to kids from a completely different culture.

"Learning about the Aboriginal culture is particularly foreign to them."

Mr Krasna said one of the most important aspects of the education program was teaching kids respect for the environment.

The17 Korean students are on a three-week visit to Cabarita Beach from Ulsan, Korea.

Four Korean teachers have accompanied them with teachers and students based at Bogangar Public School.

The visit was initiated by the YMCA in South Korea and three staff members from Bogangar and families have housed the students during their stay.

The kids took part in NAIDOC Week celebrations, did activities at the Cabarita Surf Life Saving Club and visited the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Seaworld.

"They took a trip down the Goanna track and planted bush tucker trees in the Cabarita South Banksia Forest," spokesperson for Cabarita Duncare Suzi Bourke said.



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