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2018 NAPLAN results released

2018 NAPLAN results released

Earlier this week, the 2018 NAPLAN National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) Report was released. The results show some improvement in literacy rates nationally, including among Indigenous students living in urban and metropolitan areas. For instance, the national results in reading for Indigenous students in Years 3 and 5 were better than in 2017. However, compared to non-Indigenous students there is still a massive discrepancy in literacy skills. And this is especially so among Indigenous students living in remote and very remote parts of Australia. For these youngsters, the report’s results are far less promising and only confirm for...

  • Posted 12 April, 2019


A Whirlwind of Book Launches in APY Lands

A Whirlwind of Book Launches in APY Lands

Our new Program Manager Leonie Short had barely time to make a cuppa in our tiny office kitchen before she headed off on a whirlwind trip to the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara APY) Lands for the launch of two exciting new board books published by our Foundation. Over three days, the books were launched in five remote Central Australian communities. Kutju, Kutjara, Mankurpa One, two, three) is a counting book. Nyaa Nyuntu Nyanganyi? What can you see?) is a picture dictionary book. Both were produced last year in workshops run by our lifetime ambassador, children’s author and illustrator and former Australian...

  • Posted 09 April, 2019


The Power of an Education

The Power of an Education

“I strongly believe in the power of an education. When Aboriginal students achieve, everyone achieves.”  — Leonie Short   We’re thrilled that Leonie Short above, right) has joined our team, taking over the role of Program Manager from Tina Raye, who is now our Program Director. A Bundjalung woman, Leonie grew up on the far north coast of NSW. For the past 20 years she has worked as a primary school teacher, at first in schools in some lower socio-economic areas of western Sydney and more recently in the Shoalhaven region of NSW, a couple of hundred kilometres south of...

  • Posted 09 April, 2019


Great opportunities bound when you host a Great Book Swap

Great opportunities bound when you host a Great Book Swap

The Great Book Swap is a fun and fantastic event to put into your school calendar this year. Your school can raise awareness for social justice and inequalities and fundraise for our literacy programs operating in more than 280 remote communities across the country. Natalie Christofidellis from Uniting West Bexley Preschool held a Great Book Swap last year. “It was a great opportunity to discuss equity in access to resources and looking at how we can help] Close The Gap. It was important for children and families to understand that it is everyone's responsibility to increase educational opportunities for children living in remote...

  • Posted 01 April, 2019


A call for justice on Close The Gap Day

A call for justice on Close The Gap Day

Thursday 21 March is National Close the Gap Day. This annual event aims to increase awareness of the gaps in health and life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Australia. In 2019, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are dying 10 to 17 years younger on average than other Australians. To put that into some perspective, an 8-year-old non-Indigenous child who started primary school this year may outlive an 18-year-old Indigenous high school student who is currently enrolled in Year 12. Today, hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in schools right across Australia are holding National Close the Gap...

  • Posted 21 March, 2019