On Wednesday 2 September, we’re celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD), with our very first national, virtual Youtube Live Premiere event!
In past years, this occasion has taken place at Sydney Opera House with children from remote communities, local schools, ILF ambassadors and supporters. This year, due to COVID-19, it is open for the first time to everyone – Australia-wide!
ILF Ambassador Jessica Mauboy will sing an Australian favourite, while ILF ambassadors Anita Heiss, Andy Griffiths, Alison Lester, Shelley Ware, Josh Pyke, Gregg Dreiss, Jared Thomas, Natalie Ahmat, co-Patron June Oscar AO, and special guest Uncle Archie Roach will be joined by kids and community members from Jilkminggan and the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory to share some delightful stories.
Our 45-minute event will go live on Youtube at 12.30pm. This fast-paced, highly visual experience will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ first languages and highlight why learning in first language is key to improving remote Indigenous children’s educational outcomes.
To watch the Premiere event simply visit our YouTube channel on the day and sit back and enjoy. And don’t worry if you miss it – it will stay on YouTube and you can watch it at any time that suits.
Viewers are encouraged to donate a gold coin on the day of viewing. Funds go towards the purchase of books and learning resources for children in remote
We encourage all Australians to support Indigenous Literacy Day, and help raise funds so we can publish more community stories in home languages. Whether you are a school, bookseller, publisher, library, business, organisation or individual, here are some ways you can participate on this day: