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Great Book Swap Launch in South Australia

Great Book Swap Launch in South Australia

Registrations open for the Great Book Swap!   It is an exciting day for us at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, as today marks the launch of our 2019 Great Book Swap Program! This year we celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages. To mark the occasion, we have expanded the Great Book Swap learning experience to include opportunities for participants to connect with some of the communities our Foundation works with.   When you register to host a Great Book Swap, your school will be assigned a House, which is named after one of the animals that feature in a book...

  • Posted 20 March, 2019


Deadly Charity of Choice for the AFLX!

Deadly Charity of Choice for the AFLX!

Did you catch the big game!? We were selected by Deadly captain Eddie Betts as the Charity of Choice for the AFLX competition! Earlier this month, we were thrilled to join Eddie for the draft alongside two students from Tiwi College – Jessica Stassi and Freda Puruntatameri – who have been involved with our Create Initiative and have a huge love of AFL! Our Chair Patricia Genat was delighted to join Eddie on the field here she is getting into the zone! Despite not walking away with the trophy, an incredible and very generous donation of $5,000 will be made to our Foundation...

  • Posted 22 February, 2019


2019 Closing the Gap Report released

2019 Closing the Gap Report released

SOME PROGRESS BUT NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH TO MEET TARGETS The 11th annual Closing the Gap report, presented to Federal Parliament this week, shows that while there has been some improvement in literacy and numeracy rates among Indigenous children, this hasn’t been enough to close the education gap. Only two out of seven targets were on track and both of these were to do with educational outcomes: early childhood education and Year 12 attainment levels. Rates of enrolment in early childhood education have already reached the 2025 goal, with 95% of Indigenous 4-year-olds attending pre-school in 2017. But overall, educational outcomes for students...

  • Posted 16 February, 2019


Anniversary of the National Apology to Stolen Generations

Anniversary of the National Apology to Stolen Generations

Wednesday 13 February marks the anniversary of the National Apology to Stolen Generations. Eleven years ago Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s official Parliamentary apology to the Stolen Generations of Indigenous Australians acknowledged our nation's history and the profound pain, suffering, grief and indignity that was inflicted. Today, the future and legacy he so strongly articulated – for our Parliament and all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to work together to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity, remains our biggest challenge. What legacy will our generation leave behind? This is a sombre question, but in 2019 this...

  • Posted 13 February, 2019


Katherine authors make their mark!

Katherine authors make their mark!

Written by David Lawrence, ILF Ambassador What do you get when you combine the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, the Hawthorn Football Club, the Clontarf Foundation and seven talented young authors from Katherine? A sensational, funny, and action packed AFL footy book called Damo Makes his Mark! This wonderful joint literacy project was all about enabling a group of students at Katherine High School to create a fun book with a footy theme that would encourage other Indigenous kids to read and write their own stories. I had the privilege last year of mentoring ‘The Katherine 7’ as they wrote this amazing book...

  • Posted 12 February, 2019