Wednesday 18 September 2013

Pratham Books Champions : Deep Foundation

Sujata Suri from Deep Foundation sent us the following story. DEEP Foundation was established in May 2009 with a vision of bringing self reliance to the weaker sections of society through the medium of education . You can learn more about their work on their website.

Our International Literacy Day story telling sessions were a huge success. Our team at DEEP Foundation conducted four sessions at our Henny Penny Libraries via Pratham Books Champions Aparna Mathur, Shuchi Mamgain and Sujata Suri.

The total number of children reached were 215 as follows:

1. Henny Penny Library #1 @ Vasant Kunj - 30 
2. Henny Penny Library # 19 @ Jai Hind Camp - 30
3. Henny Penny Library # 5 @ Premdham, Najafgarh - 85
4. Henny Penny Library # 26 @ Rainbow Under the Bridge, Yamuna Bank - 70

Our learning from yesterday's experience-

Audio Visuals - eg projecting the photographs in the books on a large screen - works very well. In one of our centers, 

A catch phrase works very well with kids of this age group even if they have not completely internalized it. From Paplu's story, they learnt how to extend a "dosti ka haath". 

Kids love play acting and they played the roles of a daaku, rakhshas and accha insaan using balloon puppets. We even tried to use the "tossing the blue stones"(we used newspaper balls wrapped with blue paper) and inventing a "jaadu ka mantra" - was fun!

On our next visit, we'll build on these catch phrases and weave other stories into them. We were taken by surprise when the children recalled the characters from the stories shares earlier and tried to related those characters with Paplu or the other stories we read with them.

Thank you Aparna Mathur, Shuchi Mamgain, Sujata Suri and Deep Foundation for spreading the joy of reading!

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.

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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