The Australian Government is investing more than $350,000 to develop a school literacy resources and adult learning project in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) communities of Indulkana and Mimili.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation would use the funding to develop resources for students in the early school years and prepare them for literacy learning at school.
“The literacy resources are designed to be user friendly for remote communities and can easily be used outdoors, on the bus and at home, as well as online if required,” Minister Scullion said.
“The resources will help to build continuity and familiarity for children between school and home and are aimed at sustaining strong school attendance rates.
“The funding to the Foundation will also provide training for adults to help in the development of literacy resources for their local schools.
“All adults who complete the training will receive a certificate which will improve their employment options.
“Both Indulkana and Mimili are remote communities that have demonstrated strong school attendance rates, strong community commitment to education and strong community participation in schools.
“The Australian Government’s top priorities are to make sure kids go to school every day, their parents have jobs and their communities are safe.
“The Foundation’s programmes contribute to these aims by providing resources to improve literacy and providing for skills development and training.”
Ms Mary-Ruth Mendel, Co-Founder and Chairman of The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation said that the Foundation is thrilled to be working with the Indulkana and Mimili communities.
“We are responding to the communities’ wish to have their children literate in both English and Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjara,” Ms Mendel said.
“Our Early Language and Literacy Program addresses the essential developmental needs that arise in remote communities.
It will improve the capabilities of parents, community members, teaching assistants and educators of Indulkana and Mimili to support their children with fundamental pre-phonics and oral language development necessary to promote school readiness, engagement and attendance.
“The programme has specifically designed speech and language pathology strategies, early childhood education best practice and will deliver workshops and community designed resources to support families and children to go to school and thrive.
“We are committed to supporting the Indulkana and Mimili children and families, along with their dedicated teachers and principals, to make their vision a reality.”
Download media release:
2014-08-15 SCULLION MR_Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.pdf