Thursday 12 September 2013

Pratham Books Champion : Anitha Jebaraj

This International Literacy Day, Pratham Books has taken a 1000 steps towards a 'Reading India'

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. Last year Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day and we conducted over 250 storytelling sessions. This year we are delighted that over a 1000 sessions are happening across the length and breadth of the country.We will be sharing the stories of all our champions through our blog.

Today's story comes from Anitha Jebaraj who conducted a storytelling session in Chennai. Anitha is a blogger, trainer, instructional designer, and social media enthusiast. She authors four blogs that include topics such as travel, lifestyle, photos, education, and work environments. She has been working for close to 11 years now. She is a good singer and foodie too. You can follow Anitha on Twitter at @ani_twits and visit her blog.

Pratham Books, a not-for-profit based out of Bangalore conducts annual storytelling sessions. This year the International Literacy Day fell on 7th Sep and so the gala and mega storytelling event date was fixed on 7th Sep. Around 600+ storytelling champions volunteered to tell the story "Paplu, the Giant." 

This event is the 4th storytelling event i was conducting for Pratham. The previous events were conducted with the books named - King Cobra's Summer, Yakity Yak, and Susheela's Kolams. I conducted the session this year in my flat. There was just one person in the audience this time. Little one Elizabeth volunteered to read the book. She read the book with great enthusiasm. I gifted the book to her as a token of appreciation. 

I was glad that i was able to be part of this mega educational event conducted in 25 Indian languages through more than 1000 storytelling sessions. As the famous proverb says, "Little drops of water makes a mighty ocean." And so i hope Elizabeth's reading will contribute to the Pratham Books Event in a small way.

Thank you Anitha 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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