Last academic year was all about bringing Lakshmi up to speed with complex words, encouraging Mounika to fuel her desire to write stories, teaching Swati how to join letters and form words and pushing Faizan to read whole paragraphs.
How did we manage this? Well, by making them read more, and more of course.
It goes without saying that books are an integral part of developing a child’s reading, writing and communication skills. But not many kids have regular access to books.
Every school has a library. But how often can kids take books from there? Once, maybe twice a week? Is this enough for a child in rural India, who reading and writing skills are way below the required level?
No. In fact, the 2014 Aser Report says that ‘of all children enrolled in Std V, about half cannot read at Std II level’.
Which is why Akshara Foundation took the school library, and put it in every classroom – so that more kids have easy and unlimited access to books.
While we did have a few ups, a lot of work still needs to be done. Let’s hope 2015 is a better year, words-wise. This video aims at spreading awareness of our Classroom Library, in the hope that the more people know about this initiative, the more children we can help.