What chance does a child have if he or she grows up without the ability to read?

The latest statistics speak for themselves.

  • In the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, Australia ranked 27th out of 48 countries in reading ability. Alarmingly, the research also revealed that approximately one in four Australian students did not meet the minimal acceptable standard of proficiency across both literacy tests (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2011).
  • Currently, one in seven Australian students fails to reach a baseline proficiency in literature before they leave school (The Programme for International Student Assessment).
  • In 2006, approximately 7 million Australian adults (46 per cent) had literacy scores below the minimum level needed to function fully in life and work (The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey).
  • Many students from a low socioeconomic background have NEVER owned a new book!

Dymocks Children’s Charities is helping to change these disturbing statistics through our literacy support programs. Help us help change kids' lives - one book at a time! Please donate now!