Everyone has a right to education. The Indigenous literacy gap is real, and we’re working hard every day to close it
Only 36% of Indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above national minimum reading standards, compared to 96% for non-Indigenous students in major cities, according to the 2018 National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
The situation is improving but there is still a long way to go and the challenges are immense.
Most remote Indigenous communities face hard educational disadvantages and don’t have access to many, if any, books. Particularly lacking, are books written in native Indigenous languages. Most of remote communities report fewer than five books in family homes, which poses extreme limitations on enhancing literacy.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s (ILF) approach to raising literacy levels starts at a community level with Book Supply. Appropriate quality books are gifted to organisations operating in emote communities.
Their Book Buzz program in a WA community shows how giving children under five the right books in their own language, develops early literacy skills.
Through the ILF’s Community Literacy Projects, they have been able to work with and publish books in many Aboriginal languages: traditional languages, vibrant languages, sleeping languages and new languages, from Walmajarri in the Kimberley region, to Arabana in South Australia, to Kriol in the Katherine region.
When you purchase a product from us, you’re buying more than just a sock – you’re purchasing a story. Behind each of our products is a culturally significant story, a unique piece of art, and a chance for you to empower Indigenous youth through reading.
From each product purchased, we donate 20% of the profits to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Your purchase has the power to change the life of an Indigenous child in rural Australia.
Literacy is powerful, and everyone deserves to experience it.