Literacy helps with economic growth and independence. It reduces poverty. It promotes engagement with democracy. It leads to increased self-esteem, confidence and empowerment.
Literacy is a right. It is implied in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1996 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which together are considered by the United Nations to be the International Bill of Human Rights. And it is stated clearly to be a right in the 1975 Declaration of Persepolis.
Improving literacy is just one of the ways that Australians can provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults, some of whom have low literacy.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is holding its annual Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 5 September. It says:
Indigenous Literacy Day is a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. Through activities on the day, we focus our attention on the disadvantages experienced in remote communities and encourage the rest of Australia to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities.
If you’d like to donate, you can go the fundraising page and select Croakey. It’s a little quirky, but you really are donating to ILF, not us. Or donate in any way you want. It will all make a difference.