In the remote NSW town of Brewarrina, where 45% to 65% of Aboriginal adults are functionally illiterate, a community-run program is making a difference

There is a cycle in Indigenous communities: when parents struggle with reading and writing, their children often do too. Literacy is different for every person – it just doesn’t gel for some folk. The reasons are varied but some Indigenous people are not engaging with the western school system in the way that other people do.

For my documentary In My Own Words, I followed a class of adult Aboriginal students learning to read and write under a different method: one that understood disadvantage, that was Indigenous-led and used teachers from within the community.

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