The Indigenous Literacy Foundation works as an initiative of the Australian Book Industry with the support of:
About the Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Can you imagine not being able to read a newspaper, a road sign or directions on a bottle of medication? Sadly, this is a reality faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in remote communities today.
WHO WE ARE
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is a national charity that was founded and set up by members of the Australian book industry in 2005. It draws on the skills and expertise of the book industry to address children's literacy levels in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The ILF's work is done through three core programs: Book Supply, Book Buzz and Community Literacy Projects. The ILF also advocates to raise community awareness of Indigenous literacy issues.
Since 2011, the ILF has worked as a not-for-profit charity without any government support or major corporate funding. It works with the support of the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association and the Australian Society of Authors, along with a team of ambassadors, volunteers, and five full-time staff members.
Indigenous Literacy Day
The major fundraising and advocacy day, Indigenous Literacy Day, will be held on Wednesday 7 September in 2016. The aim of Indigenous Literacy Day is to spread awareness about the need to improve literacy levels and opportunities for Indigenous children living in the most remote and isolated parts of Australia. The funds raised on the day go towards buying books and literary resources for these communities.
The ILF's vision is to make a positive difference in the lives of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by focusing on ways to improve their literacy levels. We believe that children's future educational experiences can be greatly improved through enjoyable, positive engagements with books in family and community environments.
ILF's purpose is to improve literacy levels of young Australian Indigenous children, to enable them to make the most of educational opportunities.
OUR CORE STRATEGIES
OUR CORE PROGRAMS
The ILF's three core programs – Book Supply, Book Buzz and Community Literacy Projects – are as follows.
The Book Supply sees books and literary resources gifted to remote communities.
The Book Buzz program supplies culturally and developmentally appropriate books and First language translations for babies and toddlers in remote communities.
The Community Literacy Projects see Australian authors and ILF ambassadors team up with major publishers and students from remote communities to write and publish books in English and First languages.
These books are cherished in the community and sold by the ILF to schools and libraries.
We place the utmost importance on the value of early literacy development, understanding that strong literacy skills enhances the potential for greater choice as children grow up.
The ILF acknowledges and respects the unique place of Australia's first peoples and commits its energy and resources to ensuring Australian Indigenous children have every opportunity, early in their lives, to do well in their school years.
OUR CONSTITUTION AND STRATEGY
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