Indigenous Literacy Day 2012 – is your school involved?

Indigenous Literacy Day is a fantastic initiative that encourages schools to be hands on and get involved!

There are great benefits, not only for your school community but for the wider community as a result of participating in raising awareness for Indigenous Literacy.

“INDIGENOUS LITERACY: OUR APPROACH

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation believes that Australia’s Indigenous people should enjoy the same education, employment and societal opportunities as other citizens. However, a lack of literacy skills among Indigenous communities is a common and critical barrier to participating in activities that many of us take for granted.

To help alleviate this literacy disadvantage, our Foundation works to provide access to books and literacy resources to over 200 remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.

The Foundation uses a three-way approach to building literacy and each of our projects aims to promote:

Cultural Literacy – connecting people, particularly young people, to their culture and traditional language
Practical literacy – developing the skills needed for daily activities
English literacy – promoting skills in English reading, writing, speaking and listening”

If you are wondering how you can get your school community involved, the Indigenous Literacy Website has an amazing site full of resources and ideas. You can find it HERE.

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