The Mikhulu Child Development Trust was established by two research professors: Peter Cooper and Lynne Murray. Currently they are both Emeritus Professors at the University of Reading in the UK. They are both Fellows of the British Academy. They developed the dialogic book-sharing intervention for delivery in South Africa.
In 2015, following the success of a pilot trial and a randomised control trial of the book-sharing programme (Cooper et al, 2014; Vally et al, 2015; Murray et al, 2016) carried out with colleagues at Stellenbosch University, they established the Mikhulu Trust (UK Charity Number 1158733) in order to disseminate dialogic book-sharing. Since then, they have developed several versions of the book-sharing programme for delivery in various contexts and to different groups.
Peter and Lynne provide training and support to researchers across the world. Currently, they are supporting research projects in the UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Kenya, Namibia, Turkey, Brazil, Colombia, and the USA.