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A mine filled with minerals. A childhood filled with books. What’s the connection?

Author: Glencore Australia | Date: 22/03/2019

Glencore is a natural resources company that believes in the power of education. That’s why we support the Books in Homes program.

Through this initiative, we’ve provided thousands of children in regional and remote Australia with nine new books each per year, donating over 160,000 books to students from schools in the Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Bowen and Townsville regions since 2007.

Over our 13 years of supporting the initiative, we’ve committed almost $1.3 million to deliver books to children who otherwise might not have access to them.

The program supports early learning literacy to foster a life-long love of reading and removes some of the education inequalities of living in regional and remote communities.

More than just delivering books to kids in regional Australia, we encourage our team to embrace the program. Glencore employees from across our sites in North Queensland attend Book Giving Assemblies and make guest appearances at story time readings in school libraries.

Not only do the students enjoy story time in the school library, our team witnesses the joy and excitement the program sparks in them.

Thanks to this initiative, teachers are happy to report that learning outcomes have improved as well as school attendance.