Joy of reading
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ChildFund India, a leading NGO working with children in India since 1951, launched the second phase of its nation-wide reading improvement campaign Books, My Friends – “Ujjwal Bhavishya Ki Ore”. The campaign has been developed to increase the literacy skills of children in the age group of 6-14 years belonging to the most deprived, excluded and vulnerable communities.
The campaign aims to introduce the joy of reading to over 115,000 underserved students in 14 states over the next three years.
In the first phase in December 2014, ChildFund India distributed reading bags consisting age appropriate multi-lingual books, encouraging children to read for pleasure. ChildFund also began conducting activities around the books — story telling, skits, painting, reading aloud — to make the books come alive for the children.
In the second phase, ChildFund has geared up to remove one of the barriers to reading — lack of electricity. ChildFund will give out solar lamps with chargers to each enrolled child. This will enable children reading in the evening and can also be used by other family members for other basic purposes.
“ChildFund India’s reading improvement programme is aimed at improving reading, comprehension and learning abilities of children as well as improving the quality of education in schools. Our programme outcomes over the years have shown that child-friendly learning aids and teaching methodology helps enhance learning and comprehension capability of children,” says Neelam Makhijani, national director, ChildFund India.
In the next and penultimate phase, ChildFund India will set up model schools, solarised community libraries, strengthen parents’ clubs to be proactive, and enable school management committees to provide a reading-friendly environment.
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai has recently received the international SAQS (South Asian Quality Assurance System) accreditation. SAQS is a globally benchmarked system for mentoring, quality improvement, quality assurance and accreditation. The SAQS accreditation is awarded by The Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), an international not-for-profit association and is a SAARC recognised body. This accreditation involves rigorous peer review and has been earned by few B-schools in India.
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