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Welcome to our March e-newsletter
Hello Everyone! This month we have been busy with our many homework clubs and literacy camps. All of which are now in full swing! We are seeing some great progress with the kids' literacy skills as well as a heightened enthusiasm from many to participate in the art and cultural activities. With that in mind we are very excited to announce a new Arts & Culture program in 2015, which you can find out more about below! We are determined to offer more literacy assistance and educational resources to as many Indigenous kids and their families as possible, but now (even more than before) in the best culturally relevant setting. Teaching the kids about history and culture will only instil and promote more awareness and self confidence, that will help increase academic and personal development outcomes! I hope you enjoy this month's eNewsletter.  

Best Wishes,
—David Perrin, CEO 
Books for Learning Program
The Books for Learning program provides literacy resources to help enhance reading and learning at home by encouraging children to read, and also parents to read with their children. The program is up and running for the year, and we have lots of high quality children's books ready to distribute to Indigenous communities. 

This month we sent a range of children's books to the Cherbourg Mobile Library, which travels the town of Cherbourg (QLD) after school and currently services about 60 homes on a constant route. This involves parents, carers and children from those houses taking books and giving back the ones they had from the week before. Other people hail down the library car as it drives past to ask for books and are never refused. Pictured are two local Indigenous girls receiving their new books. 
ALF partners with Abendschule Night School

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation has linked with the Abendschule (night school) in Bremerhaven, Germany to assist their students with connecting to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians as part of their English course programme. A portion of this program extensively covers Aboriginal culture and life in Australia.
 
The aim of this collaboration is twofold – firstly to connect students from the Abendschule with the English language and secondly to share Aboriginal culture, history, and personal experiences, as well learning about the German students and their lives.

Participants will have the opportunity to communicate through Facebook, email and Skype, and explore a wide range of topics including education, politics, culture and religion. If you would like more information on this program, please contact Richard Muller


 
Latest News
This month we held 2 Aspire Girls camps - one in Ballarat and one in Bacchus Marsh. 15 girls came along for tutorial assistance and mentoring. We also had our first Literacy & Heritage camp for the year with 27 children joining in!

ALF begins work with WoLakota Project in South Dakota. This eBook project is part of Global First Nations Engagement. 

This month we announced a new Arts & Culture Program to be run in Victoria, in partnership with Raintree Art Gallery. Click here to find out more. 

Bacchus Marsh homework club holds an Easter break up event with a fantastic Easter egg hunt!

ALF donated stationary and journals to 'Donate a Journal 4 Depression'. Journals provide an outlet to assist Indigenous men and women suffering from depression.
Upcoming in April
ALF staff will be attending the World Literacy Council held in Melbourne on Saturday 11th April, to discuss and debate literacy issues. 

We are proud to be the major beneficiary of a charity auction at the Australian Discworld Convention held on April 10-12th in Sydney.  
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