Meet Kim Scott and Sally Morgan at the Great WA Book Swap
9th August 2012
His Excellency the Governor of Western Australia, Malcolm McCusker, AC CVO QC and Western Australian of the Year Kim Scott will launch Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) at the WA Museum on Wednesday 5 September.
Up to 200 school children will swap books with special guests, Narelda Jacobs and Indigenous Literacy Day ambassador Sally Morgan at the event.
Karen Williams, Executive Director of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation said that the day hopes to raise awareness and funds for literacy in remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia, as well as in other remote parts of Australia.
ILF Founder Suzy Wilson said that this year more than 20,000 school children will engage in Great Book Swaps around Australia to help raise the Foundation’s goal of $200,000.
Now in its sixth year, ILD is organised by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This national charity, initiated by the Australian Book Industry, works with the generous support of schools, libraries, individuals, businesses and other organisations across Australia who hold events and donate on the day.
In 2011, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation delivered over 20,000 books to more than 200 remote communities from the Kimberleys in Western Australian to Broken Hill in NSW. During the past three years the Foundation, which does not receive any government support, has gifted over 80,000 new and culturally specific books to Indigenous babies and children up to the age of 15 years old. It has also worked with key organisations that work hand-in-hand with remote communities such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Departments of Health and Indigenous Knowledge Centres.
One in five children living in a remote Indigenous community can not read or write to the accepted minimum level. Less than 36% of people living in a remote community have access to a library.
“The statistics are shocking and we need to level the playing field so that all Australian children have equal opportunities, “ said Williams.
How can you be involved?
1. Join the Great WA Book Swap on Wednesday 5 September. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 9430 6331.
2. Make a donation, organise a Great Book Swap or hold a fundraiser. More details are on: www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au
/> 3. Help raise awareness by sharing www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au on social media
For more information please contact Claire Miller, email@example.com
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