More than 200 students from 12 Sydney schools gathered in the sunny Concert Hall Northern Foyer of Sydney Opera House to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day. ILF Patron Thérèse Rein spoke of her love of books and how much her family values reading together. Ambassador Michael O’Loughlin urged the kids to consider what their lives would be like without reading – without newspapers, books and even text messages and Facebook. The Darlington Dance group performed and Arndell Anglican College choir sang Bad Swimtime (listen to your mama) a song by Michael Rohanek inspired by the ILF Book The Naked Boy and the Crocodile. The event finished with a Great Book Swap and the students swarmed down the purple stairs to gather around the table and pick a new book. Check out the SBS coverage of this event.
Our thanks to Thérèse, Michael and all the volunteers who made the event possible. We would also like to thank the school children who sang, danced and threw themselves into the book swap with such enthusiasm.
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“The books from ILF arrive and we read them together with families and babies over several weeks so that families get used to the stories and feel confident in reading them, then they go home with families to have in their homes. The program has been extremely beneficial to our community.”
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) acknowledges First Nations peoples and recognises their continuous connection to Country, community and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and honour the sharing of traditional stories passed down through generations. In particular, ILF acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which our head office is based in Sydney.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation further recognises the important role that language and storytelling have for culture and community, and the responsibilities that come with our work in these areas. If you notice any information you believe is inaccurate, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation works as an initiative of the Australian Book Industry with the
Indigenous Literacy Foundation is registered with the ACNC and is a Public Benevolent Institution with DGR1 and TCC status.