Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pratham Books Champion : Ritika Bajaj

As part of Litworld's World Read Aloud Day celebrations, we decided to ask our community if they would conduct storytelling sessions in their cities. 50 awesome champions decided to take part and 'celebrate the power of words'. We will be sharing the stories of all our champions through our blog.

Today's story comes from Ritika Bajaj who helped coordinate storytelling sessions across 6 centres run by the NGO VIDYA. Ritika has been a part of VIDYA since the past two and a half years in different strengths. She started volunteering to teach English and then went onto develop the English curriculum for different levels. She am now part of the core management team and helps with communications, special projects and fundraising.

World Read Aloud Day was a brilliant concept introduced to students of Bhavishya-Yaan, a programme by the NGO VIDYA India. Bhavishya-Yaan aims at building the confidence and employability opportunities of students of regional language municipal schools by aiding them with computers, life skills and spoken English. A select 120 children, from each of the six schools it is affiliated with, benefit from this programme.

Bhavishya-Yaan was already sourcing books for different levels and reading them out to students in their English sessions. This initiative by Pratham Books gave us instant access to books that perfectly matched the language levels of the students. Moreover, the chosen stories were just the right length for one class session.

World Read Aloud Day was a huge success at each of our six centres. The children enjoyed the fact that the day was dedicated purely to reading. They all took turns in reading aloud and comprehending the story. They played role play games, drawing games that described the story through pictures, spotted nouns and verbs and even did a Q&A generated from the stories. They enjoyed the characters and plot in each of the stories and were greatly amused by the dialogues in them.

We are happy to have participated in this initiative and will look forward to it each year. 

Thank you Ritika 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.

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