Friday 21 June 2013

Pratham Books Champion : Sushim Shrivastava, Aishwarya, Deepti, Vishwanath and Shivasish

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.

Sushim Srivastava sent us the following story. Sushim works for wireless semiconductor major Qualcomm. In his free time he volunteers against child labor and child abuse. He has been associated with these causes for more than 12 years.

Session 1: Indu Fortune Fields Gardenia Apartments
The session started at 10:00AM. We started with English book the session was very interactive and it went for roughly 25 minutes. Then it was followed by Telugu session. When Telugu Session started, author of the book Sridala Swami joined us. After Telugu session. We gave kids lot of calts to draw kolams/muggus. Kida had a blast.

Session 2: Chord Ashirwad Child labor rehab bridge school.
The session started at 12:00PM, kids were not as forthcoming as first session because of psychological trauma they went through. Vishwanath and I did the session interleaved in English and Telugu. Kids slowly opened up. Kids who could read we gave them a chance to read the book. They felicitated the author. Then kids drew muggu/kolam at the end.

At both the sessions we distributed unlimited number of chocolates.

Thank you Sushim, Aishwarya, Deepti, Vishwanath and Shivasish 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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