The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), a national not-for-profit charity is focussed on improving literacy levels in very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Their programs, which give away tens of thousands of new books annually, run literacy projects and organise major fundraising events, including Indigenous Literacy Day.

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 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 that we work with report there are less than five books in family homes.

To support the foundation, we as a community will be holding a Great Book Swap on Thursday 6 September as a way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds for remote communities. The idea is to swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation.

How it works:

  • Donate your books – Between now and 6 September we are looking for donations of books. Bring them into the library where they will be kept for the Book Swap on 6 September. We are looking for books that students from Years 5 to 12 would read.
  • Purchase a book – On 6 September during both junior and senior lunches, students will be able to purchase a book for a gold coin donation. You may buy as many books as you like!

If you have any questions please contact Mr Luke Royes, Program Leader – Liberating Education.

Mr Luke Royes – Program Leader – Liberating Education