Some 44 per cent of the adult population do not have the functional literacy skills they need to cope with the demands of everyday life and work. This legacy clearly needs a significant, co-ordinated national response and the antidote has to happen at the earliest stage of life.
Developed by the National Early Language and Literacy Coalition, the proposed strategy sets out the scale of the issue, describes what is happening on the ground in different communities, and puts forward a framework for action.
It has been two years in development and has been made possible through funding from the Ian Potter Foundation. Supporters include children’s authors Alison Lester and Ursula Dubosarsky, early language and literacy experts and academics, including Professor Tom Calma and Associate Professor Tanya Serry.