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Keeping Arrernte language and culture strong

Keeping Arrernte language and culture strong

Slap bang in the middle of Mparntwe/Alice Springs is Akeyulerre Inc., a service developed by and for the Arrernte people who live in and around the Central Australian town. Many of these families come from small communities across the region, including Harts Range Arteyerre), Santa Teresa Ltyentye Apurte), Alcoota Alkwerte) and Amoonguna Imengkwerne). “It’s all about Arrernte culture and language. The focus is on keeping language strong,” says Dan Murphy, the coordinator of the Ingkenterne/Bush Schools project at Akeyulerre, where elders teach kids about Country and culture on trips out to the Arrernte homelands. Dan has been ordering from ILF’s Book...

  • Posted 29 September, 2020


Families Not Missing Out on Books Despite the Pandemic

Families Not Missing Out on Books Despite the Pandemic

During the COVID lockdowns, there have been lots of changes at the Port Lincoln Children’s Centre in SA, including playgroups being on hold for the time being. But this hasn’t stopped the dedicated staff ensuring that the books gifted by ILF continue to reach children and their families. Usually, as soon as the delivered books have been unpacked, the Director of the centre, Joanne Smith, encourages each child at the centre to choose a book to take home. “It gives children a sense of pride to select and keep a new book.” Now, however, Joanne and her staff are making...

  • Posted 24 September, 2020


A Great Book Swap at Bilambil!

A Great Book Swap at Bilambil!

By reporters Cael Wylie and Hannah Windhorst, and Amelie Davidson, photographer Class of 5/6E, Bilambil Public School. To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day, on Wednesday 2 September, 5/6E at Bilambil Public School decided to host a Great Book Swap to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. During the month of August, we have been collecting donated books from our school community. Finally, the day of the Great Book Swap arrived! Classes poured in, as one by one by one, the students found their favourite book. I loved helping the kids find the right book." said Jack, 5//6E helper.  So far, so good!" added Grace, 5/6E...

  • Posted 18 September, 2020


Celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day with Viva Energy Australia

Celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day with Viva Energy Australia

In previous years, to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day ILD), the Indigenous Literacy Foundation ILF) has held events at Sydney Opera House and Federation Square with children flying in from a range of remote communities, and involving local schools, ILF ambassadors and supporters. This year, due to mobility and travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, ILF had the opportunity to do things differently and in doing so extend the invitation to participate to all Australians. We are incredibly grateful for the significant contribution made by Viva Energy Australia, who proudly sponsored Indigenous Literacy Day for 2020, and helped us to...

  • Posted 16 September, 2020


Using new technology to teach and learn languages

Using new technology to teach and learn languages

Schools and playgroups in remote communities often face many challenges when it comes to language and literacy.  Our Book Buzz program supports children engaged in playgroups, to help them develop their early literacy and language skills. Regional Coordinator Josie and Program Coordinator Laura are particularly passionate and proud about their work with languages in remote communities, and sat down to chat about their recent projects. “A lot of the time, schools are the hub in remote communities for anything and everything,” says Josie, So often the way to start bringing in language learning is through the school." With this in...

  • Posted 11 September, 2020