Vietnamese Refugee Promotes Early Education Through Reading

David Chiem, a Vietnamese refugee believes children as young as three years old should learn how to read and develop pre-literacy skills. Chiem, now an education advocate and pre-school owner, was bullied previously for his lack of literacy skills. He believes every child deserves to be able to read, speak and write confidentially, and that they could develop these skills from an early age by reading books. Backing him are many Australian authors, like Brian Caswell. Chiem’s idea of developing pre-literacy skills from an early age is supported by many speech pathologists.  We had Dr Tanya Serry, the Discipline Lead for Speech Pathology at La Trobe University, join us to tell us her views.

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