We are incredibly excited to announce a new, three-year collaboration with Australia Post. This fantastic new partnership will help us to deliver nearly 100,000 books to over 400 remote communities throughout 2020.
Our Book Supply Program ensures that remote communities across Australia receive equal access to quality literacy resources as their urban counterparts.
This announcement comes as our Foundation celebrates our 10th anniversary and prepares to publish our 100th book.
At the same time, we’re thrilled that the launch of Australia Post’s Pen Pal Club and accompanying storybook, written by former ILF ambassador Sally Morgan and illustrated by Annie White, will help to provide a real boost to the reading and writing skills of Indigenous and non-Indigenous school students, no mater where they live.
Australia Post’s Head of Community Nicky Tracey, is delighted to be able to support our Foundation:
“There has been a lot of public discussion around the need to improve youth literacy across the country. Through the Pen Pal Club children can experience the fun and excitement of getting something in the mail, and connecting with others, sometimes from different cultures and across great distances, while developing their reading and writing skills ... There is no doubt there is strong appetite for new ways to engage students in reading and writing."
And our Foundation is honoured to partner with such an iconic Australian organisation. Our CEO, Karen Williams said:
“In very remote Indigenous communities, children’s books are scarce and literacy levels are significantly lower than anywhere else in Australia. Together with Australia Post, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation will help ensure that all children in remote Indigenous communities have better access to quality, new books.
“It is so important to have books and the right kinds of books to engage children in a life-long love of reading.”