The Smith Family – Economic and Digital Divides

6 Nov

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The Smith Family, improving childhood literacy in educationally disadvantaged homes. Yes, here in Australia.

“The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.”

More than 605,000 children are living in disadvantage (Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011) Labour Force Australia:Labour force status and other characteristics of families) and are unable to equally access the same educational, or life opportunities that many of us take for granted.  When children are left out, they get left behind and without support, the disadvantage they experience today is likely to continue into adulthood – and on to the next generation.

Research has shown, supporting a child’s education is one of the most effective ways of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and ensuring they can access the same learning opportunities as their peers.

The Smith Family – Lets Read

The  Smith Family – Digital Literacy


2 Responses to “The Smith Family – Economic and Digital Divides”

  1. keith donovan November 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    My only experience of the Smith Family was to ring them and inform them that a girl who they were funding was not attending school. They chose to ignore my information and continued funding her even though she dropped out of school. A disappointing experience as I am sure they do good in the majority of their cases.

    • Aspirant Librarian November 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm #


      Maybe they thought they could get her back to school or support her in the home somehow. I have sponsored a couple of kids in the past and I would get a “school report” written by the student telling me what they were doing. The Smith Family would link me with a new student if someone exited the program.


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