The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation has commenced distributing 10,000 books to 50 remote Indigenous schools and communities around Australia. The ‘Books for Learning’ program is aimed to address the lack of books in Indigenous schools and communities in isolated areas. The books provide a literacy resource for enhanced reading and learning to many disadvantaged students. Simply, we couldn’t imagine a child without books to read. We began this program in June 2009 in Katherine NT, Mornington Island QLD, Winnellie NT and Cooktown QLD and it will continue to spread to more remote communities to acquire literacy skills. We provide an opportunity for children to be engaged in learning through a broad range of new and fresh literacy materials. It recognises that experience with books in early childhood is a key indicator for literacy success.
The program encourages children to read; and parents to read with their children by partnering with the schools, parents and local community groups. This gives them the building blocks to literacy and numeracy skills in early childhood by equipping them with reading and writing skills. These vital literacy and numeracy skills ensure that children are given the best chance at success. The program is proven to be very popular with both children and families.
The Books for Learning program benefits children by helping in the front line of the community, it directly aids children’s learning by providing children with books.
The program has been implemented in the following areas; Katherine NT, Kingston Tasmania, Mornington Island QLD, Winnellie NT, Cooktown QLD, Groote Eyloudt NT, Shepparton VIC, Mooroopna VIC, Wentworth NSW, Oodnadatta South Australia, Gascoyne Junction W.A, One Arm Point W.A and many other remote communities throughout Australia.
Students are sourced for the Books for Learning Program through school partnerships and through Indigenous community leaders and representatives. These students are generally within the target range of 8-16 years old, attending primary or secondary school, residing in regional communities; areas that are often remote and poorly resourced. They are often from families that are struggling financially or socially and have parents or carers with poor literacy levels also.
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