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Major funding boost for school libraries a highlight of Literacy and Numeracy Week 2001



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DR DAVID KEMP, MP

Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs

K214           4 September 2001

MAJOR FUNDING BOOST FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES A HIGHLIGHT

OF LITERACY AND NUMERACY WEEK 2001

 

The Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp announced today that the Howard Government will provide an extra $7.2 million in funding to primary school libraries.

 

Speaking in Melbourne at an event officially celebrating the winners of this year’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week Awards, Dr Kemp said the additional grant would fund the purchase of about 500,000 extra Australian books for primary schools, with around 2.5 million books now being provided over the four years of the Grants to Primary School Libraries Programme .

a n extra $7.2 million to a programme that is putting Australian books in primary school libraries.

Encouraging literacy in young children is one of our major priorities, and it is essential that they be given access the to tools to further their skills.  There is no better way to do this during our Centenary of Federation than with our own home grown literary product ,” said Dr Kemp. .”  Dr Kemp said.

 

In May this year, Dr Kemp announced that the Grants to Primary Schools Libraries Programme would receive funding of  $27.4 million to assist primary school libraries over the next four years to purchase Australian books.  

 

“This additional funding is another demonstration of the Howard government’s commitment to literacy and numeracy, and will further promote interest in the reading of Australian books.

 

“The Grants to Primary Schools Libraries Programme is proving extremely popular with our schools and also with the young people who are taking a greater interest in the works of our Australian authors,” said Dr Kemp.

 

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