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Opening the Door on Indigenous Literacy

02 Sep 2020

Opening the Door on Indigenous Literacy

On September 2 we recognise Indigenous Literacy Day.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) promotes early literacy and familiarity with books to children in their home languages and in English.

For many Indigenous children, English is their 2nd, 3rd or even 4th language. While reading is something most of us take for granted the reality for Indigenous children is that there are very few books published in their first languages.

Local Ngunnawal Elder, Tyronne Bell has made a reading of a book authored by his late Father, Don Bell available online.

The beautiful story of Mununja the Butterfly was the first children’s book written in Ngunnawal language.

To celebrate our local language and Indigenous Literacy Day the following audio reading is being made available across our early childhood and primary schools.

This is a story that every child can enjoy, while providing local Indigenous children with Ngunnawal language, a language that is being revitalised by local elders and used across ACT Public Schools, including our Koori Pre-schools.