OUR LITERACY PROGRAMMES
News Alert: Based on the succsess of Indigo Express Fund and having a child involved with Philanthropy- and the overwhelming feedback we had from other parents and kids about being involved in Philanthropy - on Sunday 27th May 2012 we launched a new fund called Kids In Philanthropy ( www.kip.org.au ) which will focus on developing a social conscience and practice of giving in children for children.
In May 2012 we launched the Lifelong Literacy Program in partnership with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). The program is an collaboration between Indigo Epxress Fund and:
We have sought the very best organisations in their field, NCIE from an Indigenous advocacy and excellence development perspective, MultiLit with an an unparalleled record in measurable literacy improvements in children and ALNF who have extensive experience in developing and delivering literacy programs to Indigenous people in regional and remote communities.
December 2012 Update
Donna Ingram conducted the Welcome to Country and Dr Anita Heiss addressed the audience noting how important it is to be able to read simply to function in society.
Cerificates of Merit were awarded to all children who had completed the NCIE Lifelong Literacy program funded by the Inidigo Express Fund.
Indigo read out her book, Indigo Solves the Pzuzle, to the other children, many of whom were deeply touched, having shared similar life experiences to Indigo.
The ceremony concluded with a brilliant song and dance session with a Torres Strait Islander women and children dance group.
It was an amazing experience for all involved.
August 2012 Update
To-date we have conducted literacy assessments for 40 primary school Indigenous children using the MultiLIt method.
We have also assessed 100 pre-school Indigenous children using the ALNF method.
Eight primary school children were invited to participate in MultiLit's online literacy training program. These children have two hours of one-on-one online literacy coaching twice a week for 20 weeks. This kids are now 10 weeks through the program.
In September we will be training 8-10 Indigenous and non-Indigenous early childhood teachers in the ALNF literacy course. This is a week long course which equips early childhood teachers with the skills to coach and tutor pre-school children in literacy. These teachers will then tutor and work with a number of the 100 pre-school children who have been assessed.
The Lifelong Literacy Program for Indigenous Children
The aim of the collaboration between Indigo Express and the NCIE has been to:
Create a best-practice, innovative literacy program based on research-informed and proven methodologies, evidence based impact measurement and a sustainable operations model that significantly improves the literacy competency of Indigenous children.
We will be assessing Indigenous childrens' literacy abilities and then funding individualised programs including one-on-one online tutoring of the children in both local and remote communities. We hope to assess at least 200 children during 2012.
The program involves:
2. Children who are assessed as having challenges in literacy will be offered to enter the Online Literacy Program.
For those wishing to donate to this program (all donations are tax deductable), a donation of AU$100 will provide a full literacy assessment and report and AU$6,000 will fund one child's assessment and an intensive 2 term (20 week) one-on-one tutoring program with a qualified literacy coach. This intense period should improve a child's literacy ability typically by 18-24months. i.e., if the child had a reading ability of 2 years below their age level (e.g. a 10 year old with the reading age of an 8 year old), then this program over 20 weeks should bring them up to their correct age literacy level.
Please contact us for more specific information on the different programmes.
Dr Catriona Wallace
Ph: +61 412 181 284