[by Ineke Walker]
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation announces three-year partnership with Australia Post
The Indigenous Literary Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with Australia Post which will see nearly 100,000 books delivered per year to 400 remote Indigenous communities across Australia through the Foundation's longstanding and highly successful Book Supply Program.
The Book Supply Program ensures equal access to quality literacy resources to schools, health care centres and service organisations in some of the most isolated regions in Australia.
The announcement comes as the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, a national charity of the Australian Book Industry, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with plans to publish its 100th book.
Australia Post’s Head of Community Nicky Tracey said Australia Post was excited about the partnership with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
“Reading and writing helps people connect with each other and access opportunities - which is core to Australia Post’s purpose. We believe improving access to books, reading and literacy, will help children to learn regardless of who they are, or where they live.”
Karen Williams, Executive Director of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation said: “In very remote Indigenous communities, children’s books are scarce and literacy levels are significantly lower than anywhere else in Australia. Together with Australia Post, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation will help ensure that all children in remote Indigenous communities have better access to quality, new books.
“It is so important to have books and the right kinds of books to engage children in a life-long love of reading”.
As a major sponsor of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Australia Post will be ensuring nearly 100,000 books reach remote communities in Australia this year, in addition to supporting ILF’s literacy programs through its extensive national reach and workforce.
$1.00 from the sale of Australia Post’s Pen Pal Club book will also be donated to ILF to help provide books to remote communities.
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