Andree talks about two way learning (1:33)

To what extent is there that is this a two way learning environment?

Oh, a big – it’s a huge thing. It’s a huge thing. You know, I come from a place quite different to the tropics and – and – and haven’t really had much, even through my horticultural course, introduction to plants that are, you know, used so medicinally and it’s amazing what the girls have taught me here, it really is. And you have to be open to learn from them as well, that’s what – that’s what it is. Give them a sense of responsibility and – and – and to make them feel like, you know, they know things. They know a lot more than what we do, I’m sure. But, you know, just to – to give them that recognition. And I’ve learnt so much through the girls, definitely, just through medicinal plants, plants they used in their – for dying and making colours and, you know, plants that are used in different ceremonial purposes and things like that. It’s – it’s definitely a two way learning.

So it’s about valuing, also valuing their knowledge?

Valuing their knowledge, yeah. This is a knowledge we can’t afford to lose, it really is. It’s, you know, it’s – and it works. Their stuff, their medicinal things work much more often than some of the Western medicine. And I don’t say – and the girls also agree they need some sort of Western medicine, but the balance. It’s balance in everything, I think. The teaching and the learning.