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Reading Out of Poverty

Post-pandemic literacy recovery project

Post-pandemic literacy recovery project

The grant will be used for a post-pandemic literacy recovery project targeted towards disadvantaged children in Victoria. During the past 18 months, children ...

australia > VIC > both
27/01/2022 > 28/12/2022


  • Education & training
  • Individual/family services & support


  • Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and people from CALD backgrounds
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples


The grant will be used for a post-pandemic literacy recovery project targeted towards disadvantaged children in Victoria. During the past 18 months, children from low-income homes have encountered several challenges during the pandemic. It has been a confusing and turbulent time for most, but especially for children who were trying to learn to read during the critical window between 3-6 years old.

Research is showing that nearly 41% of children from low-income postcodes have stalled in their reading development over 2020 and 2021. They will remain a poor reader unless they receive additional support, books and tutoring. A staggering 61% of children from disadvantaged backgrounds do not own a single book at home.

We need your support to overcome this “Word Gap” and equip these children with school readiness skills.

We are partnering with food banks, medical centres, playgroups, and community centres to deliver 10,000 books and literacy packs to children, plus provide 4000 hours of specialised literacy tutoring. Without any effective intervention, these children face a lifelong battle with illiteracy which often is linked to poverty and poor social and economic outcomes in their adult life.

Nourishing a child’s mind in the first five years of life is as essential as feeding their body. Scientific research confirms that what happens to children’s brains in their earliest years shapes the adults they become, the success they achieve, and the contributions they make to our economy and society. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic too many children didn’t get the nourishment they required


- Develop a focus on literacy and reading at home with highly disadvantaged parents and carers that will see children find the joy of literacy and developing a love and habit of reading each day.
- See an 80% improvement of literacy, reading and child development skills over 10 months.
- Lift awareness and understanding of the importance of literacy in the wider community.
- Build long term sustainability of the project in local volunteerism and local community buy-in.
- Turn up the volume on the importance of literacy
- Be a voice and advocate within the community
- Change behaviours and attitudes towards literacy at grassroots
- Help parents and their child to discover firsthand the joy of reading

Profile of Reading Out of Poverty

Reading Out of Poverty

Reading Out of Poverty (ROOP) promotes literacy skills in early childhood and provides literacy resources and support services to families with young children, aged 0-5, from low socio-economic backgrounds, including migrants, refugees, and Indigenous individuals. We provide a strong foundation for children to learn to read and to promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their child’s first teachers. ROOP's vision is to ensure that every Australian family will understand the critical importance of early childhood literacy and will take an active role in their child's reading development. All Australian children from all cultures, genders, and backgrounds will develop literacy skills and have books of their own.


Funding sourceAmount
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$15,000
Other grant$5,000
Expense itemAmount
Purchase of books$20,000

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