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.

   © Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation

© 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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