In 2015 Dusseldorp Forum supported the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) with $15,000 to produce a visual documentary of the ALNF’s Kempsey – Macleay Valley Early Language and Literacy Project and subsequent expansion into the Nambucca Heads – Bowraville area.

The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF), established in 1999, is a registered national charity dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia. The ALNF raises funds to develop, implement and sustain six ground breaking programs with tangible results, supporting and up-skilling thousands of adults and children across remote and urban New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria.

The visual documentary’s purpose was to:

  • Showcase the success of the EL&L project, particularly the increased confidence, skillset and knowledge of teaching assistants, educators, parents and other community members to teach their own children and better prepare them for school.
  • Visually capture and articulate the qualitative outcomes of the EL&L project and share a “good news” story with the public.
  • Highlight the strong partnerships between The ALNF, CAGES Foundation, other philanthropic partners, community organisations and individuals.
  • Highlight the importance and impact of long-term partnerships and funding models.
  • Provide a “best-practice” service delivery model when working with community to share with interested others.
  • Assist in ALNF’s corporate/stakeholder engagement strategy by strengthening existing and developing new relationships and partnerships with corporate and philanthropic funders and community partners.

By visually capturing the voices of community, the film tells the story of the systemic change that has been created in the area, driven by the local communities, with the Macleay Valley at the centre of this movement. 

You can view the film below: