Friday 21 June 2013

Pratham Books Champion : Books for All

For International Literacy Day (8th September), we had a dream - we wished that 100 people would volunteer to conduct storytelling sessions across the country. We ended up finding more than 250 champions to conduct storytelling sessions across the country. We will be sharing the stories of all our champions through our blog.

This story was sent to us by Deepali Kukreja from Books for All. 'Books For All' is engaged in setting up Library - cum- Learning Centres in low -end Primary and Junior Schools where this facility is non- existent. Presently, we have 3 centres in Delhi - NCR. You can find more information about the work they do on their website or their Facebook page.

I am Deepali Kukreja and I write on behalf of our NGO ` Books For All’. I helped co-ordinate and conduct the story-telling session at our centre at Govt. Primary School in Gejha, Noida. I am one of the founder members and part of the core management team and help with communications, special projects and fundraising and have been trusted with being the Centre- Incharge of our pioneer centre at Gejha. 

We conducted the Book Reading Session based on the book ' Sushila ke Kolam' in 2 of our centres , viz., Govt. Prathmic Pathshala , Gejha and NEAPS School , Bhangel, Noida , Sector 93

We engaged about 100 children in this event , 50 kids in each school .The names of our Volunteer Story Tellers are as following :
1. Deepali Kukreja and Lata Aggarwal in Govt. Primary School , Gejha.
2. Mr. Pravin Bhasin,Tapti Basu and Saransh Sood in NEAPS school , Bhangel

In the run up to the D- day, we undertook 3 different activities to familiarize the children with the underlying theme of the book `Susheela Ke Kolam’.

First was a ` Visualisation Exercise’ in which I made the children close their eyes and feel what activity they enjoy doing the most, what gives them maximum happiness ; something they would not get tired
of doing ; something they are passionate about. They were goaded into writing it / drawing it on paper. All the children enthusiastically expressed themselves. The answers were so revealing of the mind of
a child - playing with their toys - playing cricket - cycling – dancing …..these are some of the things they thoroughly enjoyed -----just like little Susheela loved making Kolams….

The second activity was a general conversation with the children which centred around ` life in a village’. They all hail from villages and visit their grandparents in holidays. They knew of the practice of making ‘rangoli’ , alpana, or kolams in rural households. We told them that India is a big country with a no. of states ,each state has it’s uniqueness.

The third activity was the `creation of rangoli’ or kolams by the children in their classrooms . It was like a festival with little artists making beautiful – colourful designs on the floor. They all enjoyed this session the most.

On the actual day of the event , ie., on the 8th September, we involved children in story reading and emphasis was on their participation in the process of story – telling.

All in all, the entire process was very creative and fun – filled.

We are thankful to you and all your team in bringing cheer and knowledge to our children.

Thank you to the Books for All team for spreading the joy of reading!

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations.

This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city.

Note : If any of you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at web(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

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