[by Debbie McInnes]
Indigenous Literacy Foundation launch The Great Book Swap
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) aims to raise $350,000 to gift 35,000 new books for Indigenous children through the 2019 Great Book Swap program. Launching on Wednesday 20 March at the South Australian Museum, this year’s program celebrates the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages.
To mark the occasion, the ILF have expanded on the Great Book Swap experience. Through resources supplied after registering for a Great Book Swap, participants will be assigned one of four ‘language houses’ and have the opportunity to learn more about some of the communities the Foundation has worked with.
“We are incredibly excited to launch a new initiative celebrating Indigenous languages and culture. By being part of the Great Book Swap, participants can learn a little more about one of four Aboriginal cultures & languages which include Walmajarri, Arabana, Tiwi and Kriol” said Karen Williams, Executive Director, ILF.
Special guests at the launch include Dr Jared Thomas - ILF Ambassador, author and the William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture at the South Australian Museum; Justine Clarke - ILF Lifetime Ambassador, television star and author; Natalie Ahmat – ILF Ambassador and NITV News Presenter, and Lachie Coman – ILF’s Student Ambassador Mentor.
The event will feature an address by Natalie Ahmat and Dr Jared Thomas, a reading and performance by Justine Clarke and an interschool book-swap with over 100 students from local Adelaide schools.
“I'm delighted that South Australian schools and students will have the opportunity to connect with and learn more about Aboriginal people, communities, diversity, culture and languages through engagement with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s launch of the Great Book Swap program” says Jared Thomas, ILF Ambassador and South Australian Museum curator.
The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, raise much-needed funds for remote communities and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and languages. This is a popular initiative that happens in schools, workplaces, libraries, universities, book clubs – anyone can host a Great Book Swap! The idea is that a favourite book is swapped in exchange for a gold coin donation.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that has gifted over 350,000 culturally appropriate books to more than 280 remote Indigenous communities and service organisations across Australia. They have published books that represent up to 18 Aboriginal languages. Resources are an essential first step in building a culture of literacy in communities where there are often little to no books in homes, no bookshops and where only 1 in 10 children from very remote NT communities can read.
Registrations for the Great Book Swap open on 20 March via greatbookswap.org.au.
A Great Book Swap can be held on any day between the launch and Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 4 September 2019.
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