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Literacy is not about Abstract Language - It's about People!

Literacy is not about Abstract Language - It's about People!

When Iris Menzies, a recent linguistic graduate from the University of Sydney, attended the PULiiMA conference in Darwin last year, she was delighted to find children’s books written in Kriol, and well-known children’s books with Indigenous language translations. Iris got talking to the team at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation booth and they offered her a sample of books to take back to the community she works in. “I thought it was really cool!” said Iris. Iris knows how important Indigenous language is to communities. For the last 6 months she has held the position as the Language Services Facilitator at...

  • Posted 10 July, 2020


Our Books are still Buzzing!

Our Books are still Buzzing!

While COVID has locked down playgroups and workplaces across the country, our Program team has still been hard at work on our Book Buzz program an early learning program designed to instil early literacy skills in babies and toddlers. Our Early Literacy Manager Linda and Regional Program Coordinator Josie, recently had a yarn about all the work they’ve been doing so this important program continues to grow. “Our goal for Book Buzz is to reach 60 early learning centres and playgroups across Australia this year,” says Linda, “We’re currently sitting around the 45-50 mark. Playgroups are currently starting to open again...

  • Posted 01 July, 2020


Clever Thinking and Cooperation Ensure Books are Still Reaching Kids

Clever Thinking and Cooperation Ensure Books are Still Reaching Kids

We’ve all been coming up with new, safe ways of doing things during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Library Services Team Leader in Cunnamulla, Tammy Hickey, has really thought outside the square to ensure that books from our Book Supply program are still reaching kids in Paroo Shire, Queensland. “The books have meant so much to our families,” Tammy explains. With strict distancing regulations in place throughout the Shire, all the library’s usual programs are on indefinite hold. This means no storytime sessions for toddlers and pre-schoolers on Mondays, no reading club for school kids on Thursdays,...

  • Posted 25 June, 2020


Introducing Two New Board Members!

Introducing Two New Board Members!

Our Foundation is proud to warmly welcome two new members, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs and Yalmay Yunupingu to our Board. These women have both shown impressive leadership in Indigenous education and literacy, and are committed to creating the best possible future for our nation's Indigenous youth. Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs is a proud Yolŋu woman and leader from North East Arnhem Land, who has has written 6 books. Her children’s books are written in Yolŋu Matha for use in primary schools as Walking Talking texts. Merrkiyawuy plays an important role in the bilingual education movement in Arnhem Land working with Yolŋu Elders to develop both-ways learning. She has developed a series...

  • Posted 24 June, 2020


P'Nut Street Noodles Stand Up for Equality

P'Nut Street Noodles Stand Up for Equality

Spurred by recent global events and committed to making a difference, over the first weekend of June, P’Nut Street Noodles held a fundraiser for our Foundation. Donating $4 from the sale of every Pad Thai dish over the weekend, P’Nut used their fantastic food to raise $2,500 for Indigenous literacy!   A family-run business with a culturally diverse team, P’Nut Street Noodles is all about sticking together as a family, and striving to make a difference. In fact, they consider all their staff and guests to be their extended family! With stories of unrest and inequality coming to light, even while...

  • Posted 23 June, 2020