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Indigenous Literacy Day

4Th September 2013

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD).

ILD is a national event held to raise awareness and vital funds for literacy for over 200 remote communities across Australia. Research shows that one in five children living in a remote Indigenous community cannot read or write to the basic minimum level. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is working to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.

Today mums, toddlers and babies from the very remote community of Warburton, located just south of the Gibson Desert, will read stories in English and Ngaanyatjarra, at a special event in Perth celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day (ILF). Joined by ILF Ambassador Sally Morgan, the event will include kindy students, teachers, and community members at Swanbourne Primary School in Perth. Over 20,000 students from around Australia, including many students from WA,  will help celebrate the day with Great Book Swaps and other fundraising events. Read more about the events and ILF here.