Indigenous Literacy Day

Publishers, booksellers and schools around Australia are all in their various ways marking Indigenous Literacy Day today, in the hope of closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous literacy. Participating publishers will donate 5% of all takings today, as will participating bookshops. Meanwhile, schools around Australia are taking part in the Great Book Swap Challenge, among a swag of other activities, to raise funds for indigenous literacy programs.

Background information on the Indigenous Literacy Foundation website indicates there’s a massive gap in literacy skills between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. For example, by year 7 (or about 13 years old), only 15% of indigenous children living in remote communities can read at an acceptable standard.