Initially, what started as a campaign to ensure that books are available in schools for disadvantaged children has now grown into an organization that aims to bring about a revolution in education through reading. “Share a book, India “ as a community strives to weave stories into the young minds of our nation and broaden their thinking by instilling good reading habits from an early age. One of the main mottos behind this self-sustaining library community is to achieve social equity and equality through education.
With the aim of making it easier for children to learn, this non-profit organization is determined to change the culture of reading in our country. After completing almost two years, they have so far reached 18 schools in 4 cities with almost 2398 children benefiting from this experience. The volunteers belonging to this organization come from diverse backgrounds and they are leading the reading revolution with their passion and hard work.
“It’s a whole new world for them”
Priti, the co-founder of Share A Book recounted a very heartwarming incident. “We went to a school a few days ago where we told the story of Cinderella. The students were very enchanted and absorbed by the story. It was a whole new world for them. She added that the impact of this session was such that the students themselves found the moral of the story.
Sharing his experience on the reading sessions, one of the volunteers named Anand Bhagat said, “Today the children in the 5th grade received the story books. One girl was unable to read and pronounce words. But a storybook ignited her desire to read and understand. She struggles but she tries. Yes, this is the objective we have at SABIA. We are sure she will read and write in the next few days. She has just started her journey and we will be there for her ”. The vibrant energy of these little children makes these volunteers return every Saturday with new stories in store.
So far they have adopted ten schools in collaboration with Teach for India, Pune, three public schools in Kota and have partnered with the Action for Excellence in Children and Women, Delhi foundation to make reading accessible to underprivileged segments of society. The idea behind this is that reading should not be seen as a mere luxury but rather as a necessity for children. Each school is assigned two volunteers and their roles may vary from a manager, an educator, a storyteller to a counselor. The need to read stories aloud to stimulate the imaginations of children of different age groups could not be compromised. Often times, telling stories crosses them in different worlds and this is one of the best ways to spark their curiosity and imagination.
Those who wish to be part of this amazing NGO as volunteers or who wish to donate books to this noble cause can send a mail to [email protected]
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