In 2010, Optus approached The Smith Family with the innovative idea of trialling the student2student program in selected rural and regional households with no home phone line.
Since then Optus have supported the program by supplying a mobile phone to the reader and their buddy, as well as the call credits they need to complete the program. Two or three times a week the reader will call their volunteer buddy and practise their reading.
Thanks to Optus’ generous funding, and their technical expertise with handsets and services, Optus mobile phones are now an integral part of this program. The student2student program delivers amazing results for the readers and has grown significantly in the last five years due to Optus’ involvement. In 2016, 95 percent of students improved their reading. Additionally, 90 percent of students report that they enjoy reading more now, and 88 percent of students agreed they read more having completed the program.
In a student’s own words, “I enjoyed reading to my buddy as it helped build my confidence.”
This year Optus and The Smith Family aim to reach 770 disadvantaged student readers across Australia through the mobile student2student program.
This program is proudly supported by Optus