Pyjama Party – July Charity
Literacy is such an important skill for kids as it helps them in every facet of their lives, school and later with work.
Ever dreamt of staying in your pyjamas all day long?
Today, redhotblue are supporting the Pyjama Foundation – an Australian Charity working to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes for children in foster care.
High levels of literacy associated with Year 12 high school completion, vastly improve the likelihood of employment (Kutner et al., 2007).
Given the importance of literacy, it is concerning that one in five Australians do not have the necessary literacy skills to effectively participate in daily life, and are at risk of social exclusion and economic disadvantage (OECD, 2000).
There is growing evidence that a considerable proportion of the more than 35,000 children living in foster care in Australia are not meeting the national benchmarks for literacy and numeracy (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare,
Compared with their peers, these children are more likely to score lower on standardised tests and report higher levels of absenteeism, tardiness, truancy, and school dropout rates (Christian, 2003).
Research suggests that the poor educational outcomes of youth in foster care can jeopardise their future by lowering their educational aspirations and increasing the risk of substance abuse and long-term (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2011; Harvey & Testro, 2006; Jones, 2010; McDowall, 2009; Shin,2003).