Do you possess a book that you have already enjoyed? Now, you have the opportunity to gift it to a government school student. It can be a great help for these students, who strive to buy various reference books.Children studying in government schools across Bangalore are all set to partake of the Unesco-Times Foundation initiative — Donate-a-Book. The initiative was launched in the wake of the Centre’s landmark Act that calls for the right of children to free and compulsory education. According to the Act, “There shall be a library in each school providing newspaper, magazines and books on all subjects, including storybooks”.The Donate-a-Book initiative aims to provide books to children who may not be able to afford them, through voluntary donations. The initiative will facilitate collection of books from the public, schools, publishers and the corporate sector. The collected books will then be donated to government schools and NGOs working in the field of education.The Donate-a-Book initiative also aims to promote literacy among children by organizing events like reading sessions, story-telling, meet-theauthor sessions and workshops.Encouraged by the overwhelming response from the pilot project conducted in Delhi, The Times Foundation has decided to extend the initiative to Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore between November 10 and 14. Readers wanting to contribute to this initiative can drop off books that children between the age group of 3 years and 17 years can read, at various collection centres.Drop off the books at:
• Forum Mall, Koramangala
• Airtel billing centres
• Gangarams Book Store
• The Times of India building, M G Road
• Cosmos Mall, Brookfields
• Oxford Book Store, Old Airport Road
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