An important part of what MultiLit does is to provide access to literacy instruction to students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the years MultiLit has worked on community projects in partnership with community organisations and government agencies to bring about fundamental change in the educational prospects of low-progress readers.
The Exodus Foundation
In 1996, MultiLit, along with the Exodus Foundation, established a community based program to provide effective literacy instruction to students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Originally known as the ‘Schoolwise Project’, the aim was to help students at risk of being disengaged from school to progress to at least functional literacy in the hope that this would provide the opportunity for them to better access an education. Initially this project ran only at a site in Ashfield, but this was then expanded to a second site in Redfern in 2006 and a third site in Darwin in 2009. The results from this project have been outstanding and follow-up surveys have revealed that 3 years after completing the program, 90% of students remained in the mainstream schooling system. For more information, click here.
In 2001 MultiLit assisted local community leaders in Gladstone, Queensland to establish the Gladstone MultiLit Tutorial Centre to improve youth literacy. The project was undertaken in partnership with Education Queensland and the Gladstone District community and has subsequently formed an association with The Exodus Foundation.
MultiLit in India
MultiLit also worked with the inspiring Parikrma Humanity Foundation in Bangalore, India, to provide the MultiLit Reading Tutor Program to disadvantaged students through their learning centres which serve 970 street, slum and orphaned children. For more information, click here.
MultiLit in New Zealand
A growing number of schools in New Zealand are using the MultiLit’s programs. For more information on how to purchase MultiLit’s programs or on how to attend Professional Development in New Zealand, please click here.
The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
MultiLit is currently working with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern, Sydney to trial the new Online Reading Tutor Program with Indigenous students around Australia. This program will aim to close the gap in literacy skills of Indigenous Australians in regional and remote areas who would otherwise not have access to such educational opportunities. For more information, click here.
MultiLit in Cape York
In 2005 MultiLit began work with Noel Pearson on his welfare reform agenda and subsequently conducted several pilot studies trialling both the Reading Tutor Program and the MiniLit Program in Coen, Cape York. This work was continued in the Welfare Reform Trial in Cape York in 2008-2010 providing literacy programs to four sites in Cape York; Coen, Mossman, Hopevale and Aurukun. MultiLit provided a range of programs and instructors in association with Cape York Partnerships, funded by the Commonwealth Government. For more information, click here.