Mining Company Involved In Childhood Literacy Program

Mining Company Involved In Childhood Literacy Program

Western Australia Minister for Culture & Arts John Day

Government And Business Partnership Boosts WA Children’s Literacy

Victor P Taffa

Childhood Literacy in Western Australia has received a boost with the continuation of a unique partnership between the State Government and Big Business.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day welcomed Rio Tinto’s decision to continue its partnership of the Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program with the State Library of Western Australia.

“Rio Tinto, a Founding Partner in the Program, has committed almost $1 Million over the next four years in addition to the State Government’s investment of $6.8 Million during the same period, including $2.8 Million from Royalties for Regions.” Mr. Day said.

“More than 100,000 families have benefited from this program since it began in 2005, with Edith Cowan University research showing Better Beginnings has had a significant impact on early reading practices, attitudes and beliefs across WA.



“With this financial investment, Better Beginnings will be expanded to provide additional support and resources for indigenous families across the State and to spread the important message to all WA families to ‘read aloud and read often.” Mr. Day said.

“From its humble start as a pilot targeting six Metropolitan and Regional Communities, Better Beginnings should soon reach most babies born in the State.”

“Families play a vital role in fostering their children’s early learning and school-readiness skills, and I congratulate Rio Tinto for its continuing commitment to improving the well-being of our State’s Children.” Mr. Day said.

Better Beginnings will continue to be delivered through Public Libraries and Community Health Centres. An extension of the Program to four and five year olds will be implemented through Primary Schools.