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Dr. Tony Cree returns as CEO
It’s wonderful to be back as CEO of the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation after a break of two and a half years.

During my absence, I was able to chair the World Literacy Summit in Oxford UK, in 2014. This was a wonderful event attended by over 200 delegates from 42 countries. The conference was opened by Princess Laurentine of the Netherlands who chairs the European Union Council on Literacy. At the opening, a wonderful video was shown on literacy in Aboriginal schools in Australia. This theme continued throughout the conference and it was most interesting to meet delegates from Africa, Asia and South America who felt that they had learned something from our experience.

Over the coming twelve months, we are looking forward to launching some new programs with a new emphasis; notably, inner city primary aged Aboriginal children. These children often have the same obstacles to their education as their remote cousins and in the coming weeks we will be consulting various groups on how best to reach these children. 

The Aspire program which has promoted literacy and personal endeavour in Indigenous girls will be expanded and I have a special hope that we can provide better education opportunities for both Aboriginal girls and boys wishing to come to study in the city and in the country. 

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity thank all our wonderful supporters for the help that they have given us since our founding in 2003. Nothing would have been possible without your help.

Best wishes,

Dr Tony Cree 
Literacy and Heritage Camps
The first Literacy and Heritage Camp for 2016 was held on Saturday, the 5th of March in Ballarat, Victoria.

21 children from Ballarat and surroundings areas, along with parents, volunteers and tutors enjoyed a fun and engaging day in the modern surrounds of Federation University’s UB Tech Building.

After some fast-tracked tutorial sessions, students were taken through a class on dot-painting and visited some local Indigenous gardens, led by Yorta Yorta elder and Advisory Council member, Anne Cooper.

Read the full report.
Latest News 
- A major distribution of books took place in January and February, taking the number of distributed last year to over 300,000. Among the recipients, was the Melbourne Indigenous Transitional School - where donated books went towards the establishment of a library.

- Bacchus Marsh and Darley Homework Club commenced in early February.

- The first Literacy and Heritage Camp for the year held in Ballarat, Victoria on the 5th of March.

- Pascoe Vale Girls College raise $1600 towards the Aspire Program as part of International Women's Day celebrations.
Upcoming Events
- The Melton Indigenous Study Assistance Program and the Ballarat Homework Club  will re-commence in term 2.

- The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation will also be taking steps to reopen learning centres in Bairnsdale and Hamilton.

Contact the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation for more information.
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