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Indigenous Literacy Day

On Indigenous Literacy Day, let's come together to celebrate and promote the importance of literacy in indigenous communities across the globe!
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Get ready to celebrate the power of words on Indigenous Literacy Day on September 7! This day, also known as "National Indigenous Day of Action For Literacy and Education," was first established in 2004 by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation. Its purpose is to raise awareness and support for the literacy levels among indigenous communities in Australia, and encourage everyone to take action towards closing the education gap. On this day, let's come together to celebrate language, culture, and knowledge with our indigenous brothers and sisters.

History of Indigenous Literacy Day

Indigenous Literacy Day Dates

Indigenous Literacy Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of Indigenous Literacy Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation established Indigenous Literacy Day to support literacy in indigenous communities.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Book Swap</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Book Swap event took place, encouraging participants to swap a book and make a gold coin donation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Great Book Swap Launched</div><div class='timeline-text'>They launched the Great Book Swap program to fundraise for literacy programs, with schools and workplaces swapping books for donations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Updating of National Curriculum</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Australian Curriculum was updated to include a greater focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Indigenous Literacy Foundation Milestone</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Indigenous Literacy Foundation celebrates providing over 350,000 books to over 280 remote communities throughout the country.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Celebrations due to COVID-19</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Indigenous Literacy Day celebrations moved online due to Covid-19 restrictions, reaching a broader global audience.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read Indigenous literature</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit your local library or bookstore and pick up a book written by an Indigenous author. Not only will you be supporting Indigenous literature, but you'll also gain insight and knowledge about their culture and experiences.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a storytelling event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many Indigenous communities hold storytelling events to pass on their rich history and traditions. Attend one of these events and listen to the stories being shared with the utmost respect and appreciation.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support Indigenous-owned businesses</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to research and support Indigenous-owned businesses in your area. This is not only a great way to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day, but it also helps promote economic growth within the community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a literacy program</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There are many literacy programs that specifically focus on promoting Indigenous literature and improving literacy rates within Indigenous communities. Consider volunteering your time and skills to help support these important initiatives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a book club</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and host a book club focused on Indigenous literature. This is a great way to discuss important issues and learn from each other while celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day.</p></div></div>

Why Indigenous Literacy Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness for a crucial issue</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Indigenous literacy levels are significantly lower than the general population, and Indigenous Literacy Day is a way to bring attention to this important issue. By highlighting the disparities in education, we can work towards finding solutions to improve literacy rates among Indigenous communities.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports Indigenous voices and stories</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By promoting literacy and making resources more accessible, Indigenous Literacy Day helps to amplify the voices and stories of Indigenous peoples. This allows for a better understanding and appreciation of their unique cultures, histories, and perspectives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It empowers individuals and communities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Improving literacy has a positive ripple effect - it can increase employment opportunities, promote economic growth, and ultimately lead to stronger and more resilient Indigenous communities. By supporting Indigenous Literacy Day, we are investing in the future of these communities.</p></div></div>

5 Enlightening Facts about Indigenous Literacy Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Indigenous Literacy Day has a Specific Theme Each Year</h3><p class='facts-content'>Each year on Indigenous Literacy Day, a specific theme is chosen to guide the celebrations and help focus on different aspects of Indigenous literacy. These themes range from celebrating what has been achieved to setting targets for the future.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>More than 100 Indigenous Languages Are Still Spoken in Australia</h3><p class='facts-content'>Indigenous Literacy Day is not just about reading and writing in English - it also aims to preserve and promote Indigenous languages, of which around 120 are still spoken in Australia today.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Gap is Closing, but More Work Needs to Be Done</h3><p class='facts-content'>While the literacy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students has been closing over the years thanks to efforts like Indigenous Literacy Day, there is still much work to be done, particularly in remote areas where resources may be scarce.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Storytelling Is a Rich Part of Indigenous Culture </h3><p class='facts-content'>Storytelling is an important aspect of Indigenous culture that helps pass wisdom and teachings between generations. Indigenous Literacy Day seeks to promote this tradition as part of its mission to celebrate language, culture, and knowledge.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Indigenous Literacy Day Has Reached Internationally</h3><p class='facts-content'>While the holiday originated in Australia, its impact has been felt globally, bringing attention to the need for improved literacy rates among indigenous populations around the world.</p></div></div>

Indigenous Literacy Day FAQs

When is Indigenous Literacy Day?

Indigenous Literacy Day is celebrated on September 7th every year. In 2024, Indigenous Literacy Day will occur on a Saturday.

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