Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Literacy program may spread nation-wide

Pilot of the Aboriginal Adult Literacy
 Program in Wilcannia
A new foundation to support adult literacy in Indigenous communities will oversee the expansion of a successful program that has been running in Wilcannia. The Literacy for Life Foundation has been set up by construction company Brookfield Multiplex, and will start work early next year.

This year, 16 adults in Wilcannia graduated from Yes, I Can, an adult literacy project that started in Cuba.

The Wilcannia Local Aboriginal Land Council's chief executive, Jack Beetson, will work with the foundation, and he says the key objective will be to push for that project to be rolled out nationally. "It's not only important in Wilcannia, this is about doing something first of all in New South Wales, but then taking it out nationally, that's why there's a need to set up the foundation to be the body that attempts to roll this out on a national basis, ultimately," Mr Beetson said.

Literacy for Life: Brookfield Multiplex to establish Foundation to boost Aboriginal literacy

Literacy program may spread nation-wide (ABC)

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