There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.


1 in 4 Australians has literacy skills low enough to make them vulnerable to unemployment and social exclusion. For Indigenous Australians, the issue of illiteracy is far more prevalent.

We have developed a project called the Indigenous Learning App to close the literacy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. We operate in five local Indigenous communities in Arnhem land in the Northern Territory. We have developed a series of bilingual children’s e-books and literacy games in the local dialect and English to help in the development of a child’s reading and numeracy skills.

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Another important project in Australia is “Reading Out of Poverty” (ROOP), where we distribute children’s books, literacy resources and tutoring to enhance literacy skills and reading levels of children from low-income backgrounds.

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The World Literacy Foundation is a global not-for-profit that works to lift young people out of poverty through literacy. Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, the World Literacy Foundation operates on the principle that education is a basic human right.