CHILDREN IN WAR TORN SYRIA

We're supporting UNICEF who are on the ground in Syria by funding literacy materials for Syrian children

After 5-years of conflict in Syria, and entire generation of children are growing up knowing only war and deprivation. According to UNICEF, the killing, abduction and arrest of students and teachers has become commonplace, as have arbitrary attacks on schools. About one in four schools cannot be used because they have been damaged, destroyed or are being used as shelters for the internally displaced or military purposes.

More than 2.1 million children inside Syria and 700,000 Syrian children in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt are not in school. This will have a devastating effect on the future of this nation. Even in the midst of extreme turmoil, schooling helps children regain a sense of normalcy. Returning to learning in times of conflict not only helps the children look toward a better future, it also helps children deal with psychological trauma as they rebuild their relationships with friends and teachers.

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© UNICEF

© UNICEF

© UNICEF

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation raises money to fund literacy supplies for temporary schools run by UNICEF. For example, a School In A Box costs US$150.00 and contains materials to teach up to forty children. It is one of UNICEF's most needed resources to educate the children of Syria.

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REMOTE INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA

We help fund books to help Indigenous children practice their literacy skills

Australian Indigenous children in remote locations are being significantly disadvantaged by a gap between non-Indigenous and Indigenous literacy rates in Australia.

Other challenges are:

  • Only one in five children in remote parts of the Northern Territory are achieving at or above the minimum standard for reading in Year 3.

  • At least 64% of people in remote communities have no access to a library.

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© Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation

© Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation

© Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation

The national target is to halve the Indigenous literacy gap by 2018. Without urgent action, a generation of kids will grow up without the minimum literacy standards that will help them learn, grow, achieve and contribute to the development of their communities.

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation raises money to buy books for the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation Share-A-Book program, which provides new and quality pre-loved books to Indigenous, refugee and marginalised communities in need of resources. Just AUD$20.00 buys two books ad AUD$80.00 provides a child with a literacy pack full of books and reading resources.

The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation was established in 1999 and is a registered national charity dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in remote Indigenous Australia. The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation works directly with the local community to help improve literacy standards, in both traditional First Language and English.

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