NEW DICTIONARY TARGETS ABORIGINE LITERACY

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 3) - Three
Aboriginal communities in central Australia have pioneered a radical approach to
improve literacy among indigenous children.

The Central Anmatyerr Picture Dictionary was introduced at a
ceremony at Ti Tree, north of Alice Springs.

The three communities of Ti Tree, Laramba and Mount Allan
decided a dictionary containing English and Anmatyerr would help children learn
to read.

The dictionary contains 400 illustrations with explanations in
both languages.

Seraphina Presley is one of the people behind the concept.

"It will help them in their own language so they can write
and read in their own language and in English," she says.

The dictionary is now being used as a model for other Central
Australian communities.

June 4, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

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