Indigenous Literacy Day – 6 September 2017

Indigenous Literacy Day – 6 September 2017

Indigenous Affairs Education Indigenous Advisory Council
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

An Indigenous woman and her child reading a book.

Indigenous Literacy Day is a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. Indigenous Literacy Day aims to raise awareness of the need to support literacy in remote and isolated Indigenous communities of Australia. The day also serves as a fundraiser to gather sufficient funds to purchase books and literary resources for Aboriginal children living in the most remote and isolated parts of the country helping to improve the lives and opportunities for Indigenous Australians. Programs from Literacy for Life Foundation (LFLF) and Indigenous Literacy Foundation provide education and access to literacy resources for remote communities.

Professor of Education at University of Canberra and Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Professor Chris Sarra is a big supporter of Indigenous Literacy Day and says:

‘Aboriginal children, whether they’re living in remote communities or in metropolitan areas of our biggest cities, deserve access to standards of literacy that will enable them to be functional in any part of Australia. They have to be as competent as anybody else in the community judged by whatever measure of success we choose.’

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Improving levels of literacy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a high priority for the Australian Government.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) funded the Literacy for Life Foundation (LFLF) through the Children and Schooling Programme and the Jobs, Land and Economy programme to deliver an adult literacy programme in Brewarrina and Walgett until March 2018.

For more information, go to Literacy for Life Foundation and Indigenous Literacy Day.