Monday 10 June 2013

Pratham Books Champion : Dr. Sheetal Amte (for Maharogi Sewa Samiti))

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.

Dr.Sheetal Amte sent us this story. Sheetal is a medical doctor with a postgraduate degree in Social Entrepreneurship.  She works as Chief Development Officer at Maharogi Sewa Samiti, Warora which is an
internally recognised organisation enhancing livelihood capability of people with disabilities in India. Besides managing administrative responsibilities of this huge organisation, she works efficiently along the wide spectrum of  grassroot to policy level with the schools and vocational training centres for CWSN (children with special needs), for enhancing educational outcomes. She is also a well recongnised freelance photographer.

Maharogi Sewa Samiti, Warora was founded at Anandwan in 1949 by, the internationally renowned social worker Murlidhar Devidas Amte (popularly known as Baba Amte) for treatment, training and rehabilitation of people afflicted with leprosy and other disabilities such as hearing and speech impaired, visually and orthopedically challenged and socially backward tribal populace through sustained and effective psycho-socio-economic rehabilitation. MSS’ core belief has always been to give marginalized individuals a “Chance” and not just “Charity” by enabling them to engage in economically productive activities thereby regaining their lost sense of dignity. Find more about MSS on www.anandwan.in .

The storytelling sessions were held in three schools- Anand School for the hearing impaired, Sunshine school for the blind and Zilla parishad school, Anandwan. The books were distributed to groups of children for viewing. About 600 children participated in the activity. Over 100 children interpreted the stories in their own ways. 

The visually challenged children and music teachers made a song around the numbers and they showed how subtractions, additions and other activities are are performed through musical compositions. The children also made a tactile clock out of the number cutouts through which they learnt the functioning of the same. 

Children aged 3-5 used various natural media to paint. Hearing impaired and healthy children decided themes on their own based on some stories and created beautiful sequential pictures around those stories. 

Overall the whole activity was great fun !!

Thank you Sheetal 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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