Key components of the Books in Homes Programme
- To involve whole-school-communities in creating a "value" for reading.
- To support schools to increase student attendance.
- To support remote and low socio-economic schools by giving them equal access to books-of-choice as their more advantaged urban peers.
- To motivate families and students to view reading as a "everyday" activity.
- To create a legacy of books-of-choice in low socio-economic homes.
The Books in Homes Programme targets:
Reading – The provision of 9 books per year for each participating student; chosen from a Preview Pack of age appropriate titles linking early learning back into each child’s home; ensuring learning is seen as an extended opportunity for both children and their parents/carers well beyond the physical confines of the school.
Disadvantaged children and families – The Programme gives students and families with refugee status who are not literate in Australian Standard English, the choice of age appropriate new books which they would otherwise not be able to afford or cannot readily access. Exposing children to books in the home environment encourages and promotes a love of reading and increases reading skills in the extended family.
Remote and Indigenous communities – The Programme aims to break the education inequality found in remote and Indigenous communities where resources are scarce and generational poverty prevalent. The Books in Homes Primary Programme ensures these communities are kept in touch with current titles.
Preservation of Indigenous Culture – 25% of all titles are written or illustrated by Indigenous creators ensuring literature is culturally appropriate and supporting Indigenous Publishing Houses across the country.
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