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United Way South Australia

Read, Learn and Succeed Appeal


In geographical areas of South Australia, 1 in 3 children start school without the skills they need to read, learn and succeed.

Right now, United Way South Australia has one priority: to improve pre-schooler’s literacy and school readiness, particularly in geographical areas with higher levels of disadvantage, and support parents in their role as their child’s first educator.

United Way South Australia prioritises its focus on the early years as a preventative measure, as poverty experienced in the first five years of life is especially harmful to children’s development. To be poor is to be denied the resources required to meet basic needs and thus prevented from realising one’s potential – economically and socially. [1]

Intervening in the early years to improve educational outcomes for children is crucial to help break the cycle of disadvantage. Early education is a key strategy that can positively influence all children in overcoming the impact of early disadvantage on educational outcomes and life chances. [2]

Research shows learning to read is one of the most important factors in educational attainment, and early exposure to books and stories substantially contributes to success at school. One of our main actions is to send one book a month to disadvantaged children.

Currently, we are providing more than 500 disadvantaged children, aged 0 to 5 years, with an age-appropriate book every month, helping them to reach their true potential. However, there are many more children in need living in areas of disadvantage. Help us give these children the chance to thrive!

Please donate today and help disadvantaged children prepare for school ready to Read, Learn and Succeed. $10 per month supports a child to receive literacy resources they need to build their full potential.

United Way South Australia is committed to local communities, with a backbone network around Australia and the world of 1800 United Way organisations that operates in over 40 countries. We pride ourselves on making a difference to the lives of people in need.

[1] Monks, H. (2017). The impact of poverty on the developing child. [CoLab Evidence Report]. Retrieved from

[2] O’Connell, Megan, Stacey Fox, Bronwyn Hinz, and Hannah Cole. 2016. Quality Early Education For All Fostering Creative, Entrepreneurial, Resilient And Capable Learners. Ebook. Victoria: Mitchell Institute.

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