#ALW2017 launch

You are invited to a special event!

Indigenous writer-director Erica Glynn’s documentary In My Own Words, is an exploration of the transformative power of reading and writing in an Indigenous community in Brewarrina, NSW. Nearly half of the adults in Brewarrina’s Indigenous community have difficulties with literacy.

Nationally around 44% of Australian adults have literacy levels low enough to severely affect their ability to carry out everyday activities, get and keep a job and engage in the social and economic life of their community, and almost 54% struggle to grasp financial basics, including paying bills and Internet banking.

In my own words follows an adult literacy class organised by the Literacy for Life Foundation, an Aboriginal-run charity that uses a UNESCO-approved, Cuban-developed model designed for disadvantaged communities. The students are mentored by Indigenous-led teachers from within the community who understand the barriers and tiers of disadvantage that need to be overcome.

#ALW2017 national launch

You are invited to join Adult Learning Australia and the Hon. Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills at a special film screening of In my own words, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Erica Glynn and Professor Jack Beetson of the Literacy for Life Foundation.

When: Monday 4 September 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Parliament House Theatre, 1st floor, Public Area (Senate side), Parliament House, Canberra ACT

Download the program.

Register here.

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