Friday 4 April 2014

Pratham Books Champions : North East Educational & Development Society

The following report was sent by the North East Educational & Development Society.

Observing ‘World Literacy Day 2013’ and spreading the message of environmental conservation through upcycling and recycling, the North East Educational & Development Society along with PRATHAM BOOKS Bangalore conducted a sensitization programme at St Peter’s LP & UP School located at Smit, Shillong , Meghalaya.

[Smit is a village aptly called the the cultural center of the Khasi Hills and is situated 17 km away from the capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong. A picturesque beauty and scores of agricultural land add to the charisma of the place. However , oddities like superstitions and ignorance still prevails in some pockets of the otherwise enlightened place ]

All together 110 students along with 5 teachers of the school along with 10 social work interns of Women’s College took part in the 3 hour programme. Programme Coordinator of NEEDS, Edward Thma acted out the story in monologue of Paplu the Giant and also taught the students to make their own characters and strories following the book ‘Paper Play’. Students enjoyed contributing one liners to the story which took funny turns with every new line.

Mr Thma culminated his talk by stressing on the importance of literacy and how the students can improve their neighbourhood inhabitants’ knowledge through reading and writing. He gave an example of how reading and writing and knowing about current affairs, eco friendly bio manure and market trends a farmer can improve his/her livelihood and farming effeciency.

Besides this the students were also taught recyling as demonstrated by the Social work interns of Women’s College wherein paper recyling at home was taught. Working on the principles of UPCYCLING whereby redesigning of waste materials into other materials is done, the students also made paper baskets and resused toilet paper rolls into characters, pen stands, baskets etc.


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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