Children, who approach Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools for education, often come from the underprivileged section. They do not have access to books besides the academic material at home or outside. For them, a library is a dream come true, a door to a world of knowledge and creativity.
To facilitating an enhanced and equipped academic experience for kids studying in MCD schools, NGO Pratham Delhi Education Initiative in collaboration with the MCD started a school-based library programme in 2003 in schools of East and North Municipal Corporations.
More than a decade later, the NGO is now looking at enabling the MCD schools in running these libraries in a self-sustainable manner.
The NGO is also supporting the nursery section in North Delhi Municipal Zone. They are also focusing on strengthening school management committees in North and East MCDs. The aim of these libraries was to provide children a flexible space with a wide range of story books to support the teaching-learning process.
Chief Administrative Officer of Pratham, J D Sonu, says, “Pratham volunteers from within the community to work closely with children from a library space assigned to them in schools. Story books are displayed in the classroom and children have access to these books during a designated period. Activities such as storytelling, reading, story making, role play, art, and craft helps children build an interest in the learning methodology.”
A set of 300-400 library books have been placed in all schools. “Numerous art and craft activities are also conducted by Pratham volunteers and teachers to encourage creativity,” says programme head Pallavi Kakaji.