Indigenous Literacy Day
Today is Indigenous Literacy Day! Get behind this amazing cause and give young Indigenous Australians in remote Australian communities the chance to improve their reading skills, and discover the joy and wonder books provide.
Some of my fondest childhood memories involve books – reading them, buying them, opening them at Christmas, falling in love with their magic. I vividly remember reading The Jolly Postman over and again, pulling out the letters from each of the envelopes and marvelling at the ‘handwritten’ notes addressed to the different fairytale characters. Primary school was a time of me begging my parents to take me to the bookstore to buy the latest Goosebumps book. Once I had my hands on it, I would stay up well beyond a respectable bedtime to finish it (often resulting in me being too scared to walk through my dark house to go to the bathroom or investigate that ‘strange noise’ I could suddenly hear!). Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings were two names that lined my bookshelves as a youngster, their books not only providing me with many laughs but also teaching me that the creativity of books are only as limited as your imagination.
These are memories I wouldn’t trade for anything, ones I still treasure to this day. Books played a vital part in my childhood (and still do today) – they helped me become more creative, imaginative, adventurous and curious about the world. They also taught me that as long there’s a book around you needn’t be bored or lonely. And every child deserves this opportunity. Sadly, not all kids in Australia have it. Imagine going through life not being able to read a newspaper, an advertisement or even an email from a friend. Sadly, this is a reality faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in remote communities today. And this is what the Indigenous Literacy Foundation are working hard to fix – and what Indigenous Literacy Day is all about.
Indigenous Literacy Foundation Vision
Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by focusing on ways to improve their literacy levels. We believe that a young child’s future educational experiences can be greatly improved through enjoyable and positive engagements with books in both the family and community environments at an early age.
The funds raised by the foundation go towards providing books and literacy resources for Indigenous kids and families in remote communities, all in a bid to level the playing field so that all Australian kids have the same opportunities to develop a life long love of reading. For just a few bucks, you can make a real difference too – a small donation goes a long way to changing the lives of many young Indigenous kids in remote Australia. Donate here! Alternatively head into any Co-op store at Griffith University today and a percentage of your purchase will go towards The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. You can also show your support by donating to one of the ILF donation boxes, which you’ll find in Co-op stores around the country.