The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is a fully fledged independent charity that works with the support of the Australian Book Industry. It operates under a Board and employs an Executive Director, Project Co-Ordinator and Indigenous Program Manager who are based in Sydney. The Foundation believes that Australia’s Indigenous people should enjoy the same education, employment and societal opportunities as other citizens. However, a lack of literacy skills among Indigenous communities is a common and critical barrier to participating in activities that many of us take for granted.
To help alleviate this literacy disadvantage, our Foundation works to provide access to books and literacy resources to over 200 remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales. The Foundation uses a three-way approach to building literacy and each of our projects aims to promote:
- Cultural Literacy – connecting people, particularly young people, to their culture and traditional language
- Practical literacy – developing the skills needed for daily activities
- English literacy – promoting skills in English reading, writing, speaking and listening
Penguin and Pearson coordinate fundraising activities throughout the year, including The Penguin Global Walk, Charity Book Sales, publishing projects and a contribution from invoiced sales on Indigenous Literacy Day. Penguin/Pearson are represented on the board by Kristin Gill who also coordinates a number of volunteers to assist with fundraising both internally and externally. For further information visit www.theindigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au