I came across this great initiative through my Twitter feed the other day – The Indigenous Reading Project. Founded by ACT bureaucrat Daniel Billing, the project aims to help get Indigenous kids more passionate about reading by providing them with Kindles and access to E-books. Everyone knows how much I adore my Kindle, and even though I read a lot to begin with, I found my reading quota went way up once I started reading on my Kindle – something that a few of my E-Reader enthusiast friends will agree with.
The project makes the Kindles available to indigenous kids around the country who commit to working on their reading skills. If the students improve over six months, they get to keep the Kindle as a reward. “Children increased their weekly reading time by 154 per cent, while reading fluency or speed increased by 51 per cent and reading comprehension scores were up by 43 per cent.” (via smh.com.au) The project has started with 20 E-Readers initially, and with fundraising hopes to keep the number of Readers and participants rising.
You can find out more about the project through this article in The Sydney Morning Herald, go direct to the Indigenous Reading Project site or ‘like’ their Facebook page. You can donate, volunteer and share the details of the project on your social networking pages. Any initiative that inspires kids to kindle their love of reading is about awesome to a level of ten in my book.
Inquire, support and share to help out this great cause!