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Closing the gap in Indigenous literacy and numeracy.

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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister

08 October, 2008

Media Release

Closing the gap in Indigenous literacy and numeracy

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced that an additional $4.8 million has been delivered to help close the gap in literacy and numeracy levels between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students over the next decade.

The Australian Government is working with the states and territories to reach this target, through evidence-based approaches.

Strategies are being developed in collaboration with Indigenous communities, education providers and corporate and philanthropic organisations to develop good practice resources for individual learning plans for students and intensive literacy and numeracy approaches.

The Exodus Foundation will receive $2.23 million in 2008-2010 to deliver intensive literacy tuition to more than 540 disadvantaged Indigenous children across Australia.

A total of $1.1 million will be provided to the Alan Duff Charitable Foundation for Books in Homes Australia to continue the Books in Homes Program to give children from low socio-economic backgrounds greater access to books.

A further $1.0 million will be provided to Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth Trust to continue a number of strategies that focus on health, education and skills training of young Indigenous Australians.

Up to $572 930 will be provided to Vibe Australia Pty Ltd to continue the distribution of the Deadly Vibe magazine to every Australian school with Indigenous enrolments, to inform students and their families, particularly those in remote areas, about educational programs and issues.

Literacy and numeracy are foundation skills that unlock the potential of the nation and a stronger focus on them is essential, particularly for disadvantaged students, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

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