Duffy Books in Homes

Duffy Books in Homes is the trading name of The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation. It is a New Zealand registered, literacy-focused charitable organization[2] which has links to similar organisations in the United States[3] and Australia.[4]

Duffy Books in Homes
Charitable Foundation
IndustryEducation
Founded1994
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Key people
ServicesEducation, literacy
Number of employees
15-20
Website

History

The programme was conceived in 1992 when the author Alan Duff visited Camberley School in Hastings, New Zealand. According to Principal Peter Johnstone "Alan was appalled to see so many children come from bookless homes."[5]

Following a meeting with philanthropist Christine Fernyhough in 1994 the Alan Duff Charitable Foundation was legally formed. The official launch of the programme (then known as Books in Homes) took place at Tairangi School[6] in Wellington on 24 August 1995 and was attended by then Prime Minister Jim Bolger.

The programme began with 80 schools, 16,000 students and 14 sponsors. In 2019 the programme reported almost 520 schools, nearly 300 Early Childhood Centres, over 100,000 students and more than 200 funding partners and supporters.[7]

Notable personalities who were once students in Duffy Books in Homes schools include BMX rider Sarah Walker and Miss World New Zealand 2010 Cody Yerkovich.[8]

Operations

The programme has a stated aim of inspiring "a love of books in Duffy children so they become adults who inspire a love of reading." Its core function is as a form of book club in which students at low decile primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand order books from a brochure which are then presented at role model assemblies at the end of three school terms. Each child participating receives a minimum of five new books each year.

Additional components of the programme include annual awards for parents and grandparents, effort in reading and writing and excellence in attitude. There are also weekly book awards for good behaviour.[9]

Two troupes of performers visit the majority of schools in the programme annually to perform a literacy-focused stage show. In 2019 the Duffy Theatre performs a show entitled 'Duffy - Stuck in the Game!'.[10]

The programme is also offered to early childhood education centres under the name 'Ready 4 Reading'.[11]

Funding

Duff stipulated that schools bear some of the cost of funding the programme themselves. Schools fund approximately one third of the cost of the programme with the remaining costs being met by the New Zealand Government and private sponsorship.[12]

Major supporters include Mainfreight, Scholastic, Ernst & Young, Carter Holt Harvey, Rotary, Latitude Financial Services and The Warehouse.[13]

Results

Research undertaken in 1996 and 1997 by Dr Warwick Elley suggested that year 5 and 6 children in eight schools "improved (their reading ability) by 35% more than they would have without the Duffy Programme."[14]

References

  1. "Our People - Duffy Books In Homes". Booksinhomes.org.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  2. "Home - Duffy Books In Homes". Booksinhomes.org.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  3. "Duffy Books in Homes USA - Home". Bihusa.org. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  4. Brian Engert. "Books in Homes Australia". Biha.com.au. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  5. "Building libraries not prisons". Tpk.govt.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  6. "1 Millionth Book Presented at Mana School | Scoop News". Scoop.co.nz. 24 August 1999. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  7. "Our History - Duffy Books In Homes". Booksinhomes.org.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  8. "15 Years Of Duffy Books In Homes". Voxy.co.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  9. "What we do - Duffy Books In Homes". Booksinhomes.org.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  10. "Theatre home - Duffy Books In Homes". Booksinhomes.org.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  11. "Preschools Home - Duffy Books In Homes". Booksinhomes.org.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  12. "Become a Duffy School - Duffy Books In Homes". Booksinhomes.org.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  13. "Our Supporters - Duffy Books In Homes". Booksinhomes.org.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  14. "* NZine * Alan Duff's "Books In Homes" Programme - Alan Duff, Books in Homes, literacy, reading problems, illiteracy, reading skills, New Zealand schools, Once were Warriors, HERO role models, "Caught Being Goo". Nzine.co.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
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