It is widely known by Australian educators that a simple rhyme like this is an important part of building foundational literacy skills. Not all countries in the world are so blessed.
New Hope International (NHI) will be hosting a fundraising event at St James Anglican Church in Berala on November 30 for educators in Indonesia.
Participants will build a gingerbread house using sticky icing, decorative lollies and a heart full of creativity.
One of the organisers, Beth Boland said the Gingerbread Folk kindly provided house-building kits for the event at a discounted cost.
“Anyone interested in attending, can build and keep the house for $36 and all profits will go directly to training teachers in Indonesia,” Beth said.
NHI is a Christian non-profit organisation that has been working since 2002 to bring hope to people through education in Australia and overseas.
The gingerbread house event seeks to foster community, and the process of building each house is a reminder that creating something valuable takes patience and care.
After living in Berala and attending St James Anglican Church as a newlywed with husband Alex, Beth moved to Indonesia for four and a half years.
“I was teaching in Jakarta and volunteering with NHI,” she said.
“I noticed the vast difference in teaching standards and it caused me much disquiet.
“I am passionate about helping Indonesian teachers to be better equipped to serve their students and local communities.”
There are limited spaces at the event. Those interested should register as soon as possible through bit.ly/nhigingerbread.