Project Summary:

This project aims to increase the evidence base on the role of community controlled adult literacy programs to improve health and socio-economic outcomes in remote EAL/D (English as an additional language/dialogue) communities in the Northern Territory. The objectives are to:

  1. examine how the ‘Yes I Can’ literacy campaign is received by the community and participants in the campaign
  2. investigate the impact of the campaign on: a) participant’s improvement in literacy skills as assessed using the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF); b) participant’s literacy behaviour in everyday life; c) local health, social and employment/training service engagement by participants and the broader community; and d) school engagement by both parents/caregivers and children
  3. document and act upon the local contextual factors that impact campaign delivery and impact, particularly in remote communities with EAL/D
  4. contribute to a decolonising process of strong Aboriginal governance, nation building and data sovereignty by increasing research skills of local Aboriginal community members and leadership, and
  5. strengthen research relationships between university and partner organisations and build capacity of a university research team to engage with remote communities and Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (ACCHOs) in research.

“The grant will allow Literacy for Life Foundation, an Aboriginal not-for-profit, to broaden and deepen the evidence base on the role of community-controlled adult literacy programs in improving health and socio-economic outcomes in remote multilingual communities in the NT.”

– Frances Williamson, Research and Training Manager and Project Lead

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