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Literacy and Heritage Camp for Koori kids

Literacy Changes Lives


The mission of the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation (ALF) is to raise the standards of literacy amongst indigenous young people.  The Foundation’s passion is for breaking the cycle of poverty in indigenous communities.

The ALF have been providing camps for Koori children aged between 8 and 16 years for 4 years now.  The camps are intensive weekends where literacy is the focus and are integral to the weekly tutoring program these children participate in.  The children are selected from families in the Wendouree area.

The 2 day camp is designed to fast-track the children’s literacy improvement as part of an individually tailored literacy program for each child.  Drawing on the resources and facilities at both the University of Ballarat and the new Literacy and Education Resource Centre, ALF tutors and local indigenous elders and representatives work together to provide the an enjoyable and engaging program designed to have maximum benefit to the children.

The key to maximising learning outcomes for these children is in the personal encouragement, preservation of the Koori culture and development of supportive friendships intrinsic in the program.

The funding we provide for this program is generated from fundraising activities and general donations.






United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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