MAKE READING FUN: Good Beginnings facilitator Lyn Hughes read to Caden Dobson, 3, at Stockland Gladstone yesterday where they celebrated National Indigenous Literacy Day.
MAKE READING FUN: Good Beginnings facilitator Lyn Hughes read to Caden Dobson, 3, at Stockland Gladstone yesterday where they celebrated National Indigenous Literacy Day. Tegan Annett

Free books a boost for indigenous kids

THE importance of early education was one of the main messages Lyn Hughes spread while manning a Good Beginnings stall at Stockland Gladstone on Wednesday.

Good Beginnings is a nationwide organisation which supports indigenous families who are vulnerable or disadvantaged in creating a good beginning to life for their children.

Now offered in Gladstone, working with families with children between the ages of 0-5, Ms Hughes was keen to raise money to purchase books for the indigenous families of Gladstone.

Also coinciding with National Indigenous Literacy Day, the organisation handed out 30 books about indigenous myths and legends.

The books were donated by Arrow Energy.

"Most indigenous children score much lower than their counterparts in the national scoring regimes like NAPLAN," Ms Hughes said.

"I believe very firmly, as an early childhood literacy consultant that it is very important for children to have access to good quality books and to be read to."

Good Beginnings, which has partnered with Nhulundu Health Centre Gladstone, hopes to increase the educational experiences for indigenous youth.

Indigenous families in Gladstone can also be involved with a playgroup, Dhubeeles, which meets every Wednesday at the GAPDL Communities for Children centre on Auckland St.

"It has been found and proved that early education helps a child across all areas of development," Ms Hughes said.

"Having these experiences (at the playgroup) and building on those throughout early childhood helps them develop vital language and literacy skills."



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