Tuesday 9 September 2014

Pratham Books Champion : Geeta Varma

Geeta Varma sent us a lovely surprise a few days before the main event (One Day-One Story). Just as we were going to finish our work day, a parcel full of children's drawings and stories came into our office. Thanks for the big dose of inspiration Geeta.

Geeta has been a teacher for 28 years and is currently freelancing. She teaches creative writing and used to also write for papers and magazines. She is currently trying to write (mainly for children).

Session conducted on : 2nd September
Number of kids : 100+
Number of sessions : 2
Language the session was conducted in : English

Geeta writes about her session :

I had two session in Sishya school, with children of classes 1,2,3 and 4. The first session was with the older children. I told them the story briefly and then read it out. Then they were given a few choices of activities : Drawing and colouring, enacting, changing the story, writing a different story or drawing any picture that came to their minds. Accordingly they were divided into groups. Many children chose to draw, many to act,some to rewrite and draw any picture and a couple of them to change the story. They were given twenty minutes for the activities. At the end of it, they re-assembled and showed their works. One group enacted the story with narration. They acted as trees, squirrel, Takloo, the parents, Moti, sack of salt, pots, potter,frogs and tadpoles, hut,stars... The time got over. So the other groups performed in their classes. One group performed for the smaller children in the next session and in the kindergarten section. There was not enough time to perfect the performances but the children enjoyed. They asked many questions and were eager to see the book and read. The children in the second session, the five- year- olds, were not given any extra activity as they appeared tired. It was time for their break. Generally, the book reading/story telling was a success as it got the children involved. However, I felt, more time and smaller groups, would have been better as it would have given more opportunity to interact closely. I really enjoyed the whole thing. 

Thank you for spreading the joy of reading Geeta!

In its third edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 1300+ storytellers who conducted 1500+ storytelling sessions. More than 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 . We will be sharing the stories of all our volunteer storytellers (Pratham Books Champions) through our blog.

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations held in 2014.

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 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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