About Us

Connecting and learning through stories

The International Literacy Project is run by a team of educators and student volunteers from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
Our vision is to promote literacy, sustainability practices and a connection to place in school communities around the world.


The International Literacy Project is supported by the DHB Foundation and a Graduate Student Life grant from the University of Melbourne.

When COVID-19 lockdowns kept us home in 2021, we reached out through our computer screens to interact with schools further afield. This led to the creation of a sustainable model for engaging with students around the world.

In 2021, we interacted with two island schools in the Maldives and one school in Chile. Throughout 2022, our project expanded to school communities in India, Malaysia, and South Africa.

We welcome the involvement of students from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education as our project grows.

How does it work?


We help students develop a love of reading and writing, guiding them towards creating their own class books to treasure.

We present an online lesson to the class through Zoom, guiding students through a literacy activity.

Our team later transforms students' work into a digital e-book, for the class to use.


Sessions focus on three broad themes:

  • Sharing about place
  • Promoting sustainability
  • Storytelling

View our gallery page to see the beautiful books students have created based on these themes.

Our team

Our team is based at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, at the University of Melbourne. We share a passion for learning, teaching and travelling.

Contact Details

Email:  literacyproject-mgse@unimelb.edu.au

Register your interest in becoming a student volunteer here