Aboriginal Literacy Foundation

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Aboriginal Literacy Foundation
Type Non-profit organization
Industry Education
Founded 2003
Headquarters Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Website www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is an independent, Australian nonprofit organisation, founded in 2003 with the aim of transforming the lives of Indigenous children by focusing on literacy and numeracy education.


There is an enormous gap in English literacy rates between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians. Low competency in literacy is often linked with poor health, crime and low social economic outcomes. The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation aims to help close the gap between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians, through a range of literacy support programs and initiatives aimed at improving their skills and resources.[1]


Dr Anthony Cree OAM, founder and CEO, launched the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation in 2003, after 25 years of service to Indigenous education within governments, universities and schools. He was amazed and saddened by the shocking lack of programs and resources aimed at closing the gap in literacy education amongst Indigenous children in Australia. His inspiring vision has built a team of volunteer tutors who work in local communities and foster local community partnerships and ownership.

Since 2003, The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation has provided literacy testing, evaluation, research, tutoring, books and other educational support to benefit nearly 20,000 Indigenous young people. The Foundation has become a key player in advocating and highlighting the falling literacy levels among Indigenous young people in Australia.

In 2010, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC Governor – General of the Commonwealth of Australia became the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation’s Patron.[2]

Mission Statement[edit]

The mission statement of the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is to seek to transform the lives of Indigenous children by focusing on literacy and numeracy education. Working in collaboration with local communities and partners, the foundation develop literacy skills with Indigenous children so that they can succeed in school and beyond.[3]

Key Values[edit]

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation has three key values that underpin the way staff, tutors and volunteers are expected to engage within the program:

Team Work: Foster a spirit of belonging, community, cooperation and active participation in the delivery of all activities.

Empowerment: At all times nurture others so that they have the confidence and self-determination to make choices and achieve their personal goals and social economic independence.

Fun: Ensure that all activities are delivered in a manner that promotes learning in an enjoyable, engaging and safe environment.[4]

Programs and initiatives[edit]

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation aims to improve the standard of literacy in Australia's Indigenous population through implementing a range of programs and initiatives.

Literacy & Heritage Camps[edit]

Camps held throughout Australia for Indigenous children aim to engage and inspire through an interactive literacy learning program within a traditional Koori experience. As well as improving upon the student's literacy skills, the camps allow the students to mix and interact with other like-minded Indigenous young people while experiencing a variety of enjoyable activities.[5]

Literacy Resource Packs[edit]

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation provide literacy support kits to Indigenous children who are without any books, pens, software and other important literacy resources and are struggling to make literacy gains at school. The literacy packs are aimed at promoting reading at home and school.[6]

Books For Learning[edit]

The Books for Learning program aims to address the lack of books in Indigenous schools and communities throughout Australia, through the donation and distribution of needed supplies and resources.[7]

Weekly Tutoring[edit]

The volunteering program is provided by trained volunteers and professional tutors who work with Indegnous children who in most need of assistance. The program consists of weekly, face-to-face sessions.[8]

Scholarship Program[edit]

A scholarship fund serves to finance educational costs for Indigenous children in remote communities who may not otherwise be able to afford a quality education.[9]


  1. ^ "About Us," Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Official Website (http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/about-us.html)
  2. ^ "History & Expansion," Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Official Website (http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/history-expansion.html)
  3. ^ "About Us," Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Official Website (http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/about-us.html)
  4. ^ "About Us," Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Official Website (http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/about-us.html)
  5. ^ "Literacy & Heritage Camps," Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Official Website (http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/literacy-camps.html)
  6. ^ "Literacy Resource Packs," Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Official Website (http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/resource-packs.html)
  7. ^ "Books For Learning," Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Official Website (http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/books-for-learning.html)
  8. ^ "Weekly Tutoring," Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Official Website(http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/weekly-tutoring.html)
  9. ^ "Aboriginal Literacy Foundation 2010 Annual Report," Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Official Website(http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/AnnualReport2010_web.pdf)

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