Indigenous Literacy Day is celebrated every year on September 7th. The holiday was established by the Australian Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Today, it is difficult to imagine that there is still illiteracy in the world, but it is a reality. Today, there are programs aimed at eradicating illiteracy in order to significantly improve the quality of people’s lives and give them the opportunity for a better future.
The first people who inhabited Australia had a unique knowledge of culture, land, and society. For the Western world, such a concept of literacy is not always understood. The holiday motivates each of us to understand that each community has its own concepts of literacy. We must understand that a promising future does not mean losing our roots. By celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day, we recognize the right of every nation to its own culture, education and self-expression. Literacy is the first step for every child on their path to understanding the world.
- Education for children from remote areas of Australia is limited to books, which often do not reflect the culture and history of the country.
- It is a lack of resources that most often causes low levels of literacy.
- The best way to increase literacy is to read, but literature must be accessible to all indigenous peoples.
- In literature, Aboriginal children in Australia should receive comprehensive information about their history and culture, and should also have comprehensive access to resources with such data.
- To date, the indigenous people of Australia make up a little more than 3% of the inhabitants of Australia.
How to take part
Consider partnering with the Australian Indigenous Literacy Foundation, visit the organization’s website, research the information and see how you can help. Take a proactive stance on equal access to literacy for all. Spread the word on social networks.
When is Indigenous Literacy Day in 2022?
Indigenous Literacy Day is observed on September 7 each year.