24th September was a very special day for all of us at Pratham Books. We managed to create a book in 4 languages in 2 days. But, we also had many friends from within our community volunteer to become a 'Pratham Books Champion' and conduct storytelling sessions in their neighbourhoods. We will be sharing the stories of all our champions through our blog.
Today's story comes from Sandhya Sharma who conducted a storytelling session in Delhi. Sandhya is doing an MA from IGNOU and is also working as a Hindi teacher in a private school in Delhi. Sandhya wrote to use about her session and said ...
Maine story telling session ghar par hi 24.09.11 ki sham ko kiya. Main Burari me rahati hoon. Yeh North Delhi ka ek village hai. Vaise main pehle school mein padhati hoon aur bachcho ko kahani sunana mujhe bahut pasand hai. Is session mein mere saath mohalle ke 14-15 bachche jude. Age group 3-10 years tha. Mere pass printout to tha nahi isliye maine kahani 2-3 bar achchi tarah padh li thi. Sabse pahale maine unse International Girl Child Day ke baare me baat ki .Unhe hairani hui ki children's day,teacher's day ki tarah ye din bhi manaya jata hai. Uske baad maine unhe Neeche Se Upar kahani sunai. Unhe aur kahaniyan sunne ka man kar raha tha. Mere pass CBT ki Nirali Poshak aur Pratham Books ki Anootha Asia books thi. Maine in kitabon mein se unhe kahani sunai.
When asked why she volunteered to be a Pratham Books Champion, she said -
" Pratham Books Champion mein volunteer maine isliye kiya kyonki mujhe bachhon ke saath kaam karna pasand hai."
It is amazing to see the continuous impact of that one storytelling session that Sandhya conducted. She says,
"Mere aas pass ka mahol aisa hai kikahani padhne sunne ko bekar ka kaam samjha jaata hai. Yaha kisi ke pass Champak, Nandan ke alava kuch aur nahi mil sakta. Aur Champak, Nandan bhi ginne chune log hi jaante hain. Khair, is activity ke kaaran bachchon ne meri kitabein dekhi aur tab se lagbhag har saptah main unhe koi na koi kahani suna deti hoon. Kahani sunte samay unke chehre dekhne layak hote hain aur uske bad kitab ke sath ve kafi der tak apas me kahani ki bate karte rahate hain."
Thank you Sandhya for spreading the joy of reading!
Click here to read the stories sent in by all the Pratham Books Champions.
Note : If any of you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at web(at)prathambooks(dot)org.