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Creating books in Pitjantjatjara

Creating books in Pitjantjatjara

Last week saw the return of two of our program team, Tina and Nicole, from their field trip to the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara APY) lands. These Indigenous lands cover a vast area, across SA. With ILF Ambassador, and renowned illustrator, Alison Lester in tow, they set out with the mission of visiting Amata playgroup to launch our Book Buzz program and to produce two new board books in language. In true ILF fashion, much more was squeezed into the 5 day trip, including workshops with school children at Amata and Mutitjulu, and opening up a free ILF Book Shop. First...

  • Posted 20 April, 2018


Kick On For Literacy - 30 May (Melbourne)

Kick On For Literacy - 30 May (Melbourne)

A special fundraiser with a celebrity debate and a performance from Archie Roach.  Panelists, Anita Heiss ILF ambassador), Graeme Simsion, David Lawrence ILF ambassador), Belinda Duarte, Tanya Hosch and Campbell Brown, debate “The Locker Room is Sexier than the Library.” Tickets $100) include a special performance from Archie Roach, a two course dinner and beverages and the hilarious celebrity debate. There will also be a host of fantastic prizes on auction for the night.  Hosted by The Epic Good Foundation and Queens College University of Melbourne) and supported by Hawthorn Football Club.  Wednesday 30 May 6:30 PM 11:00 PM  Eakins Dining Hall Queens College,...

  • Posted 11 April, 2018


Getting books into homes

Getting books into homes

“The only way there are books in homes in our community is because of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation,” says Tammy Hickey, the librarian at Cunnamulla Library. The library first began ordering books from our Foundation back in 2008 and it has placed several orders since. “A colleague at the State Library of Queensland put me in touch with ILF and it was the best thing ever!” says Tammy. Now books have been distributed to nearly every Indigenous home in Cunnamulla, and families have commented on “how lucky and appreciative they are to receive such beautiful books”. When the boxes of...

  • Posted 23 March, 2018


The Great Book Swap launched!

The Great Book Swap launched!

This morning, our Foundation's ambassadors Josh Pyke and Justine Clarke launched our 2018 Great Book Swap program at Bourke Street Public School in Sydney. The event was brought to life by kindergarten to year 2 students singing along to 39;Words Make the World Go Around' with Justine and Josh, followed by a 39;Playschool-style' reading of 39;No Way Yirrikipayi!' and a roaring countdown to officially launch the program. Amongst the students, were special guests from publishing, State Library NSW, Reconcilation Australia, and MP Jenny Leong, amongst other dedicated supporters from the book industry and Aborginal education.  The Great Book Swap is our major fundraising campaign run in...

  • Posted 08 March, 2018


“More a gulf than a gap” — NAPLAN results announced on My School website

“More a gulf than a gap” — NAPLAN results announced on My School website

Results from the 2017 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests, posted on the My School website yesterday, show there has been little improvement in reading among Australian school students in the 10 years since NAPLAN testing began in 2008.  The results also show that in every year from 2008 to 2017, Indigenous school students did not do as well their non-Indigenous peers in reading and writing. It’s been estimated that in very remote areas of Australia, Indigenous students in Year 9 are an equivalent of 6 years behind in reading, and 7 to 8 years behind in writing.  “For some...

  • Posted 08 March, 2018