Monday 29 September 2014

Pratham Books Champions : Joysree Das and Student Volunteers of Sree Agrasen Mahavidyalay

Joysree Das sends us an inspiring story of how she trained her students to conduct storytelling sessions in schools.

Session conducted on : September
Number of kids : approximately 20 at each session = 100 kids approximately
Number of sessions : 5 (2 volunteers at each session)
Language the session was conducted in : English, Bengali, Hindi, and Surjapuri

About why she trained her students, Joysree writes...

I had done a survey of the free primary schools of the Goalpokhar block of Uttar Dinajpur district under a project of the Sarva Shikhsa Mission,Uttar Dinajpur in 2010.Then I had seen the plight of the under privileged children studying in these schools in the remote areas of a backward district. They had never touched a story book. So I send my students with a missionary zeal to reach out to these children. I am also thinking that this can be converted into a N.S.S.(National Social Service Scheme) project in our college.

Student volunteers
About the sessions

The student volunteers (10 students) of Sree Agrasen College in Dalkhola, which is a small town in the district of Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal, who were trained in storytelling, went to the free primary schools, to read out stories to the children studying there. The sessions were held at Bhusamani, Mithapur, Silanga, Lahasar and Farsara villages.

The books they read out were all picture and story books published by Pratham Books- were The Annual Haircut day, The Cat in the Ghat, My Two Great Grandmothers, We call her Ba,The Missing bat, Clever Rabbit stole the Fire, and of course Takloo the Salt seller. 

As the feedback came from the students, it was crystal clear that the children were delighted with the stories and story books, and what’s more is that they learned new words, their meaning and pronunciation very quickly. Such books can be very effective tools in teaching and learning a language.


Thank you Joysree Das and the students volunteers of Sree Agrasen Mahavidyalay for spreading the joy of reading !
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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