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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Pratham Books Champions : Mythri Prabhakar

Mythri Prabhakar a student of law from mysore and conducted two story telling sessions for kids of prisoners .

She sent us the following report :

Children of incarcerated parents are at heightened risk for psychological and behavioral difficulties. What is a thing that defines a child ‘when their seed of existence went behind the bars at such a recessive stage? 

A truth that looks difficult to decipher upon. But what do these children do for their ruptured chances to grow in the society? It’s a latent fact, a fact that must be mined upon to rule out the various social stigmas 
attached to it. Resultantly, a low self-esteem, emotional numbing, feeling of abandonment, loneliness, guilt and resentment are just few of the after-effects of the untreated population of such kids. Studies have relatively shown a shocking result of these kids being seven times more likely to become involved in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems; and Six times more likely than other children to be incarcerated 
at some point in their lives. 
I conducted two sessions for these kids and the response was amazing. After the story telling session, I made them enact the story of paplu and they made the stage come alive with original dialogues.

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On International Literacy Day (2013), Pratham Books took 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. In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day and we conducted over 250 storytelling sessions. In 2013, over a 1000 sessions took place 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 champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

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