The philosophy behind the programme is simple - to break the cycle of 'booklessness'. Children who can't read become adults who can't communicate and that's a serious disadvantage in a world that operates on the written word.
The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation, better known as Duffy Books in Homes, provides free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children, three times a year.
Since 2003 a team of rostered volunteers has been going into 3 low-decile schools in Lower Hutt to participate in one-on-one reading sessions with children. The children practise reading to the volunteer at a level slightly higher than that at which they were currently reading.
The response from the children is enthusiastic. Some of the children get little opportunity for similar reading experiences at home and they really appreciate being able to demonstrate their skills to an encouraging adult.
The schools now say they do not know how they managed without our team.
Disease eradication entails the total stopping of the transmission of an infectious disease, reducing the prevalence of the disease to zero. To date, only one disease — smallpox — has been successfully eradicated. The next disease set for eradication is poliomyelitis, popularly known as polio.