Mary Waites is the coordinator of the Brewarrina literacy campaign. And now she’s the star of a major documentary on our work, In My Own Words. The film follows Mary’s journey helping a group of adult students learning to read and write for the first time. “It’s a whole new world out there and for
Bob Boughton, University of New England and Jack Beetson, University of New England In this series, we’ll discuss whether progress is being made on Indigenous education, looking at various areas including policy, scholarships, school leadership, literacy and much more. There’s a large adult-sized hole in Australia’s approach to boosting literacy levels among Indigenous children and
In late 2016, work commenced on an Australian Research Council funded, multi-year longitudinal study of the impacts experienced by communities that have undertaken Literacy for Life Foundation’s Campaign. This study is being supported by the University of New South Wales, the University of New England, the Lowitja Institute and includes input from representatives of the
Literacy for Life Foundation Executive Director Jack Beetson attended the Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016 with Janelle Frail and Dr Ben Bartlett to discuss the difference education is making in remote communities. Click here to watch or use the play button on the left.
The Foundation has been awarded the inaugural Cynthia Briggs Empowerment through Education Award for our recent work. See the citation below from the Australian College of Educators. The ‘Yes, I Can!’ Aboriginal adult literacy campaign’, overseen by the Literacy for Life Foundation (www.lflf.org.au), was launched in Wilcannia in February 2012. The campaign uses a model
SBS’s Insight with Jenny Brockie aired an episode on low literacy levels in Australia. Jack Beetson was a part of the conversation. Insight: Tuesdays at 8:30pm on SBS ONE
Question: What do the following two words have in common? Discourage Cauliflower Answer: They both include all five vowels – a e i o u. If you answered correctly, well done! These two words were brought in to class by one of the students in Intake Two of the Brewarrina First Nations Adult
Could greater investment in adult literacy stop the ‘scams, cons and rip-offs’ that are a blight in some Indigenous communities? There’s lots of discussion about the need to improve literacy and numeracy among Indigenous children, which is no doubt crucial. But campaigner Jack Beetson says doing more to address adult literacy in Indigenous communities is
Jack was born into an Aboriginal family in western NSW. At school, he was an outstanding student, but when he wanted to study commerce and history, he was diverted to metal work and social science subjects instead. His teacher told him: ‘Aboriginal kids just don’t do those harder subjects’. Jack rebelled against the school and
One of our sponsors, Kinetic Super, joined us for our recent Brewarrina graduation. Kay Clancy, Executive Officer – (Corporate Services) shared her thoughts here.