Library for All (LfA) is an initiative to provide a promising learning to all children by setting up quality libraries in government elementary schools. LfA initiative is to serve as an alternative to the conventional public school curriculums especially in tribal dominated hilly regions and where teacher and teaching-learning resources are below adequate. LfA is to ensure all children have access to adequate books and resources for a joyful and promising learning. The initiative aims to enable all children to read, comprehend and present themselves. Help us bringing change in their life with books.
Library for All(LfA) was started by two alumni of Azim Premji University who are passionate to bring a change in school education in North East states with special focus in Manipur. LfA was established in July 2016 with support from Wipro Limited. The initiative has started its first intervention in Ukhrul district, one of the most disadvantaged hilly tribal region of Manipur. We are envisioned to increase learning outcome by ensuring quality education in schools.
In the last ten months since its establishment we have reached to more 1948 children in schools, out of which three schools are in remote villages while six schools are in Ukhrul town. We have also set up a community library so children can read and borrow books after their school time, and also for adults who love reading. Our Library for All in Schools program is being supported govt. authorities of the district. We could make a visible participation and ownership of community in setting up libraries in the villages. Other villages are also motivated to support their village schools and inviting us to help them set up libraries in the schools. Both the teachers and students are quite happy to get to read children´s storybooks for the first time. Three schools out the six schools in Ukhrul town, three schools do not have a room for library. Therefore the children need book bags (Library in Classroom-LiC) to hang in their classrooms.
We planned to set up libraries in 12 schools in educationally in most backward village that would benefit more than 1800 children. We could set up only 9 schools out of which 3 schools still need more books and book bags (LiC). LiC kit would be installed in the schools where there is no extra room setting up library in 4 schools. This will give access 800 children to read every day. We make libraries a space for active learning. Our Readers and Volunteers will directly facilitate children to learn at best from the kits for 3 days week; and take-home and reading at school/libraries for 6 days a week. This initiative will serve as a promising learning supplement to the conventional public school curriculum.