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Literacy charity helps bring sea-change to schools

Literacy charity helps bring sea-change to New Zealand schools

Literacy charity, Duffy Books in Homes, has joined forces with Young Ocean Explorers, an environmental education organisation dedicated to connecting children’s hearts and minds with the ocean through storytelling.

Since 1993, Duffy Books in Homes has been giving children the gift of reading in hundreds of schools throughout New Zealand. Their partnership with Young Ocean Explorers goes one step further.

During Sea Week, which runs from 3-11 March 2018 11, Young Ocean Explorers is giving each of more than 500 Duffy schools a copy of their book and teacher resource material ‘Love our Ocean.’ The schools will also receive a selection of posters focusing on different areas of the marine environment.

Both organisations realise that the oceans are one of the Earth’s most precious resources and that working collaboratively can help achieve greater change.

Duffy Books in Homes General Manager, Linda Vagana, felt the choice to work with Young Ocean Explorers was an easy one.

“We exist as Pacific peoples because the oceans connect us – a life experience between islands growing up in New Zealand with Samoan heritage. We also love the opportunity to provide as wide a range of books as possible to our schools.”
Steve and Riley Hathaway, founders of Young Ocean Explorers, are excited to work with Duffy Books in Homes.

“We’ve always been fans of the Duffy programme and we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to find a way to work together more closely,” Mr Hathaway said.

Both organisations hope that the books and resources will spark a conversation in schools about the importance of the marine habitat.

Duffy Books in Homes was founded by author Alan Duff in 1993 and has given away more than 12 million books to children in New Zealand schools.

Young Ocean Explorers was founded in 2012 by father and daughter Steve and Riley Hathaway. Their vision is to create generational change by connecting hearts and minds with the importance of enjoying and caring for our oceans and give them tools to make a better future.


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