Get involved in literacy and numeracy activities

| July 1, 2013

All Governments and school communities are working together this week to highlight the importance of literacy and numeracy skills for children and young people, in particular school-aged children. This year’s ambassadors are Kerry Argent for literacy and Simon Pampena for numeracy. Read Kerry’s blog here.

National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) gives schools the opportunity to get involved in a range of literacy and numeracy activities. The week aims to recognise locally the achievements of students and the work of teachers, parents and members of the community who support young people to develop stronger literacy and numeracy skills.

Kerry Argent is a renowned illustrator and now also author of children’s books. She has illustrated for A Bush Birthday, Sebastian Lives in a Hat, Derek the Dinosaur, Wombat Divine, Too Loud Lily and One Woolly Wombat. For this last book she received the Children’s Book Council’s award for book of the year in 2003. She also is Art Director at Omnibus Books in South Australia.

Simon Pampena is the Maths Man, a regular on ABC1’s Catalyst and Channel 10 Breakfast. He has written, produced and performed in nine math comedy shows for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Darwin Arts Festival, Adelaide Fringe and the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

NLNW is run by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.


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