National Literacy and Numeracy Week ambassadors announced

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  • Minister for Education
  • Leader of the House

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced the ambassadors for this year’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week.

Simon Pampena will return this year as Numeracy Ambassador and Alison Lester joins the week as Literacy Ambassador.

“Simon and Alison have both agreed to volunteer their time for National Literacy and Numeracy Week,” Mr Pyne said.

“They are fantastic role models for students and help us all to celebrate the importance of reading, writing and mathematics.”

Each year, ambassadors promote National Literacy and Numeracy week to schools, teachers, parents and students.

The ambassadors visit schools, participate in the official launch and associated activities as well as other events and opportunities throughout the year.

Simon is a stand-up comedian and mathematician who appears regularly on ABC’s Catalyst and The Project on Channel 10. He tours internationally performing to thousands of school students each year with his maths comedy shows.

Alison was the Australian Children’s Laureate in 2012 and 2013 and has published over 25 children’s books and young adult novels. She has won many awards including the 2005 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award, the 2011 ABIA award and the 2012 CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award.

“Simon engages students through stand-up comedy that brings maths to life and makes learning fun,” Mr Pyne said.

“Alison has a unique ability to capture the imagination of children through her writing and her infectious love of literacy. Together they are great role models and great representatives for the week.”

Mr Pyne also encouraged parents to get involved in this year’s activities with their children.

“We know that parents are one of the most important influences on a child’s education,” Mr Pyne said.

“Learning with parents can help to make literacy and numeracy a fun experience for children, and that is what Literacy and Numeracy Week is all about.”

National Literacy and Numeracy Week is part of the Australian Government’s Students First approach, focussing on four key areas that will make a difference to students:

  • teacher quality
  • school autonomy
  • parental engagement
  • strengthening the curriculum.

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