Elexon’s Book Drive to support Indigenous Literacy Day 2021
On 1st September Australia celebrates Indigenous Literacy Day.
We are privileged to have easy access to books, magazines and newspapers. We have computers and our internet connection is fast. As parents, we create special bonding moment with the ritual of bedtime reading but once our children outgrow, the literature, those cherished stories are relegated to the neglected box.
Unfortunately, there are many people in Australia, who are not as lucky as us and it would be great if we could share our good fortune by gifting any books that we have read and enjoyed, and are now just gathering dust on our bookshelves.
We would like to give back and organize the inaugural ‘Elexon Electronics Book Swap’ with the collection of no longer used children’s books. The books will be donated to The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) that will distribute them to families in need of fresh reading material a part of their Share-A-Book program.
At the moment, they have a very high need for children’s books for ages 0-5 and are unable to meet demand from communities, so these types of books would be most appreciated!
Here are some other important conditions around the types of children’s books they are able to accept:
– new or pre-loved books in excellent condition for children aged 0-12
They are unable to accept books that are damaged, mouldy, yellowed or torn, books with owner’s names in them, encyclopaedias, library books with tags, textbooks, adult books or books with any religious themes (including Christmas)
The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) is a national charity assisting people in our most marginalised communities to gain vital language, literacy and communication skills.
ALNF’s specialised and innovative programs address the needs of a diverse range of individuals and communities – specifically targeting First Nations, refugee and other vulnerable Australians. They are community driven and give parents, educators and community members the tools they need to break the cycle of trans-generational illiteracy. Most importantly, they are proven, with 95% of participating students improving their phonemic awareness, meaning that they can start school ready to read, write and continue their educational journey.
ALNF believes that literacy is freedom- literacy allows individuals to access education, participate meaningfully in our society and to have a voice. It is a basic human right.