We’re excited to welcome back seven wonderful students who joined us last year as Student Ambassadors. These inspiring young leaders were chosen to support and represent our Foundation. After doing such a great job last year, we’ve invited them back for another year to help us support and celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages.
From New South Wales we welcome back Joshua Lam from Sydney Boys High School (16), Naya Cook from Hunters Hill High School (15), Sidney Edwards from Blue Mountains Grammar School (11) and Kiara Harris from Condobolin High School (14). From Victoria we welcome back Sapphire Khodr from OLSH College (12) and from Queensland we welcome back Ella Read from St Peter's Lutheran College (16), Charlie Russell from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Bundaberg (11).
We are also delighted to welcome back 2014 Student Ambassador and Victorian-based Lachlan Coman as Student Ambassador Mentor for the second year in a row!
These students have a passion for social justice and a commitment to leadership for Indigenous literacy. Similar to last year, they will be holding an ILF Great Book Swap during NAIDOC Week, and will participate in a number of leadership roles include media interviews, speaking at events and launching the Great Book Swap on Indigenous Literacy Day alongside our ambassadors at the Sydney Opera House.
“Closing the literacy gap is something that needs to happen as soon as possible because everyone has the right to read and deserves to be able to love the worlds that books take us to.” – Sidney Edwards
Our student ambassadors will have the opportunity to continue developing their leadership skills, as well as furthering their knowledge around Indigenous cultures and languages.
Keep an eye out for updates about our Student Ambassadors as we follow their journey within their schools and local communities, acting as inspiring role models for young Australians.
“Not only is reading a great way to experience imagination and wonder but is also vital for improving your education” – Sapphire Khodr
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