Textbooks followed in government schools would become a tool to spread social awareness among students from the next academic session.
The Bihar State Text Book Publishing Corporation (BSTBPC) would introduce the novel scheme in books followed in Class I to Class VIII.
The vacant spaces at the end of each chapter would have the social messages in bold letters with visuals. The corporation would distribute around 10 crore books among 1.5 crore students across 71,000 schools in April or May.
Flipping through textbooks, students would learn about safety measures to be followed while crossing unmanned railway crossings, importance of wearing helmets while driving, ill-effects of tobacco and others. BSTBPC managing director JKP Singh said: “The corporation would introduce social messages in textbooks about safety measures individuals should take in their daily activities.”
According to him, the BSTBPC is the first textbook corporation in the country to introduce such social messages through pictures in books. He said: “Students grasp concepts faster if presented in a pictorial manner. Whenever students turn the pages of their books, he/she the social messages will be frozen in their minds.”
He said: “Even math, English and Hindi textbooks will contain such messages.”
Mohan Paswan, a student at Golghar Government Middle School, said: “Social messages will help us in daily life. The pictorial format will be easier for us to remember.”