What’s the issue?
There is a significant gap in education standards amongst students who are living in disadvantaged circumstances and those living in remote Indigenous communities, where literacy and numeracy levels are substantially lower than non-Indigenous communities.
What are we doing?
As a leader in providing educational products for the education sector, promoting strong educational outcomes for all Australians, no matter what their circumstances, is one of our strategic priorities. Together, with our long-term partners The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) and The Smith Family we are identifying opportunities to support those students. The impact of COVID-19 has further highlighted the digital divide for Indigenous and disadvantaged students.
Through sponsorships and community support for the Wall of Hands and Back to School Appeals held during FY21, 7,525 Australian students will be supported through sponsorships and educational resources through a $3.2m financial contribution. We will continue to work with ALNF and The Smith Family to identify where the fundraising support will have the greatest impact. Our team and customers have shown passion and generosity throughout this year, greatly contributing to our aim to support 30,000 students across Australia who need it most by 2025.
Focus for FY2022
Our next step is to identify ways to support students beyond our appeals by building programs which are scalable and year-round, and by measuring the long-term outcomes for students who have been helped. We will broaden what education support means to include other business focus areas such as sustainability, diversity and belonging.