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Students to reach for the stars and read for Australia

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Minister for School Education

Peter Garrett

Students to Reach for the Stars and Read for Australia

Monday 27 August 2012

Schools across Australia will take part in fun reading, writing and maths activities as part of National Literacy and Numeracy Week from August 27 to September 2.

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett joined National Literacy and Numeracy Week Ambassadors; authors Aaron Blabey and Libby Gleeson and mathematicians Lily Serna and Simon Pampena, at Yarralumla Primary School in Canberra to officially launch the week of activities.

“National Literacy and Numeracy week is about showing our students how to have fun and be creative with their learning,” Mr Garrett said.

“I’ve always been passionate about reading and there is no question that the skills we teach our children now are the fundamental building blocks of a great education.

“It’s great to be able to hear from our Literacy and Numeracy Ambassadors who have made a career out of their love for books and numbers.”

Activities for 2012 include Reach for the Stars where students will be asked to collect data and analyse information, and Read for Australia, which will be held on Wednesday, August 29 at 2pm. Schools will read Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley written by literacy ambassador Aaron Blabey.

Mr Garrett said the Gillard Government allocated $2.5 billion to the Smarter Schools National Partnerships, which are delivering targeted programs for disadvantaged students, boosting literacy and numeracy skills and improving the quality of Australia’s teaching workforce. This included up to $540 million available over four years to focus on further improving literacy and numeracy in around 1,100 schools that needed extra support.

“These partnerships are helping us to determine how best to target funding and resources,” Mr Garrett said.

“This year’s budget allocated a further $243 million to continue our work under the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership.”

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You can also join the conversation on twitter by using #nlnw2012.

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