Today is INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY — a day for celebrating reading and writing, and our love of language and learning. To beat the drum, we're excited to launch a new video (above) that shares an important story. A story that is told by the communities that we work with, that celebrates the joy, excitement and power of the books children in remote communities are creating.
Having your language and culture represented in a book is vital for literacy development and cultural preservation. “Language is the glue that binds us,” says our Board Director and Community Representative, Leitha Assan. It keeps our First Nations' identity, culture and connection to Country, strong.
We are proud to say that in our lifetime we have gifted over 350,000 books to over 280 communities, and published 90 stories with community, that reflect 18 Aboriginal languages. We continue to work closely with communities across Australia to create more books for the younger generation.
To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day, and the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, please make a donation to help us to continue to help communities create and publish books in language. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support and wishing you all a very happy INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY!
Posted 04 September, 2019
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“Thank you again for your visit, and the positive impact it has had on the Tjuntjuntjara students and school. We really appreciated you bringing Ann James with you as an artist, teacher and illustrator, her skills and abilities benefited not only the students, but also gave the teachers a new palette of ideas and resources with which to nurture the obviously very talented artists in the classroom!”