Last week Correctional Services completed a new program at Rikers Island called Daddy & Me. The program is designed to encourage early literacy efforts for incarcerated fathers. After two workshops on the importance of early literacy and storytelling skills, the dads involved began to record stories for their children. There were eight men in the program, most of them with more than one young child. We recorded them reading their children’s favorite books and this morning they presented the finished CDs with the books to their kids.
It’s also important to remember that although these are non-Western countries, that we shouldn’t demonize them as backwards. This is a worldwide problem that occurs in every country regardless of GDP, culture, or religion.