Indigenous Kids Literacy

We've already taught over 2,784 kids to read

Kids gain a future while governments reduce welfare expenditure.

Empowering Indigenous kids through education

Our clear aim is to empower young Indigenous kids through education and literacy and so protect them against the prospect of future unemployment and homelessness.

According the the Australian Bureau of Statistics 34% of Aboriginal children do not have the literacy skills required to meet real-life challenges. Indeed an inability to read is considered to be one of the greatest risk factors for unemployment and homelessness.

The statistics show that by helping low-progress students catch up to their peers in reading and related literacy skills they are more likely to continue their education to year 12. Our benchmark is an average improvement in reading age and comprehension of 15 months after two school terms of instruction.

Closing the gap for indigenous students

Benefiting kids and society

The Bill Crews Charitable Trust Literacy Centres deliver the MultiLit Literacy Program. It is systematic, intensive and research-based and delivers measurable progress and success over a relatively short time period. Longitudinal studies indicate that the short term costs are dwarfed by the significant medium and long term benefits to individuals, families and the community.

The financial benefits of our literacy program are enormous. Revenue benefits to the Australian, State and Territory Governments during the “working life” of participating students have been separately estimated at 29 times the cost of the program per student.

In the Northern Territory, where 170 students have completed our program, these benefits are huge. If only one third of the benefits were to flow to the Government through improved school completion rates, better educated workers, less dependence on welfare and improved economic activity, then the value would be over $33M.

Children that have been through our literacy program developed good learning habits. Our literacy program has not only contributed to improved results for government, but has also enabled the indigenous students who were struggling with their reading to improve their confidence and competence in literacy, some to the level where they are ahead of more than 50% of their 265,000 Year 5 peers across Australia.