We will support up to 200 marginalised girls aged 12-18 at Birrong Girls High School in Western Sydney to find their voice, build their confidence and develop vital writing skills through inspiring creative writing workshops.
Birrong Girls High has a significant culturally and linguistically diverse population, with 95% of students coming from a language background other than English. 57% of students fall into the bottom quarter of socio-educational disadvantage, and many have low literacy levels.
The impact of poor literacy is lifelong, impacting future education and employment prospects, and contributing to intergenerational cycles of disadvantage. Our creative writing programs address these inequalities and have proven impacts for young people, including increased academic engagement and ability. Across 2022, we will run 2×7-week creative writing programs each term, engaging up to 25 girls per program. Students will be supported every step of the way by our expert teaching staff and volunteer tutors to achieve the ultimate goal: producing their very own creative work. At the culmination of each program, students will be gifted a handsomely published book of their work as a celebration of their achievements.
In the wake of COVID-19, this project will encourage young girls to re-engage in their learning at a critical time, and develop the skills and confidence needed to thrive at school and beyond, contributing to greater gender equality and shaping a better world.