Only 34% of Indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above national minimum reading standards, compared to 95% for non-Indigenous students in major cities, according to the 2017 National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
The situation is improving but there is still a long way to go and the challenges are immense.
Apart from the historical, health, social, and educational disadvantage issues, many remote communities don’t have many, if any, books. Most of the remote communities the Indigenous Literacy Foundation work with report there are less than five books in family homes.
Our approach to raising literacy levels starts at a community level with Book Supply. Appropriate quality books are gifted to organisations operating in remote communities.
This money will go towards improving literacy in remote Indigenous communities where for every $300.00 will allow the purchase of 40 books or funds can be used towards community projects.
Visit www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au for more information on this great cause.