Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Choose a Book. Change a Life.

At Pratham Books we all agree that books change lives! We were happy to find out about Books for Asia - an organization which has been 'committed to empowering children with literacy, creating opportunities for higher learning, and educating future leaders in 18 countries, from Afghanistan to Vietnam, for 55 years'.

Earlier this year, Books for Asia invited people to vote for their favourite book from a selection of storybooks. Once the voting ended, the storybook that received the most number of votes was 'Oh the Places You'll Go'
by Dr. Seuss and this book was given to each of the children of Morwakee School in Thailand. The following video documents the journey of the books to the kids in the Morwakee School.


On November 23rd, YOU CAN HELP CHOOSE A BOOK for kids in Bangaladesh.

Via In Asia
In Bangladesh’s ancient capital, along the banks of the Meghna River, two groups of formerly nomadic people have settled. They have survived for decades without electricity, basic services, or access to schools. One made home on the small island of Mayadip in the early 1980s, after massive flooding in the south displaced them, and they rely on the river’s catch of fish. The other still dwells aboard traditional boats along the river, in Sonargoan village, going ashore only to sell wares. A local NGO has recently begun providing schooling to these forgotten people – and Books for Asia is helping out. Each child at the two new schools were given a book of their choosing – a rare, and now prized, possession. View a slideshow of life along the Meghna, and the children in class with their new books.

Check back on November 23 to vote for your favorite book again for these students in Bangladesh.

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