Indigenous Literacy Day highlights the need to close the gap


Today’s Indigenous Literacy day highlights the need to close the gap between literacy levels in Indigenous students living in remote areas and non-Indigenous students.

In the Northern Territory, only one in five children living in very remote Indigenous communities can read at the minimum standard.By the time these children reach year 7, only 15 per cent achieve this benchmark, 47 per cent behind urban indigenous students and 74 per cent behind non-Indigenous children.

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Wednesday, September 7 2011
Produced By Anna Gordon
Featured in storyAustralian Education Union Northern Territory Branch President Matthew CranitchChair of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Board Juliet RogersHawthorndene Primary Teacher and librarian Ruth HutchinsonHawthorndene Primary Year 5 students Rebecca Crawley and Ella Milne

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