YWCA Canberra’s Lanyon Literacy Program works closely with students to develop and maintain strong literacy skills, and to ultimately help prevent their potential disengagement from school. The Lanyon Literacy Program was recognised for its success with a 2014 Community Sector Partnership award from ACTCOSS.
Developed in partnership with the University of Canberra, Lanyon High School and Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre, the program runs on a Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning at Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre.
The key aims of the program are to:
• Improve the literacy learning opportunities and outcomes for students who are struggling to acquire sound literacy skills and to prevent their disengagement from school
• Showcase effective literacy teaching practice
• Develop a model for literacy support that can be adopted and implemented at other sites
• Adopt innovative and cutting-edge literacy teaching practices that incorporate the use of technology and e-readers.
An integral part of the program is the use of e-readers as tools to motivate the students to read and write. At the conclusion of the pilot each participant was presented with a book pack to keep. YWCA Canberra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and Canberra Toyota in providing donations towards purchasing books for the program.
In 2014, YWCA Canberra received a Community Sector Partnership Award from ACTCOSS for the Tuggeranong Literacy Project. Read a blog post about the award.