Lees - Ukufunda - READ Programme

The aim of the Lees – Ukufunda – Read program is to improve the reading skills of children through the use of registered reading teams.

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) program that was pioneered in the USA, known as Lees-Ukufunda-READ in South Africa, improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. But not just any animal. READ. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.

The Lees-Ukufunda-Read program is first and foremost a program that utilises therapy animals to help kids improve their reading and communication skills and also teaches them to love books and reading. It's been growing around the world since November of 1999 when ITA (the USA based organisation that started the READ program) launched it in Salt Lake City. More than 3,500 therapy teams have trained and registered with the program and are going strong.

Today, thousands of registered READ teams work throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, South Africa, Slovenia, Spain, Netherlands, Norway and beyond. READ is one of those ideas that, in the words of Bill Moyers, "pierces the mundane to arrive at the marvellous”.

For Further information, please contact:

Dr. Marieanna le Roux

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021-8083444

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Nici Reed

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021-8515192