Tribal children, hailing from Munda tribe, generally have less exposure to languages outside their mother tongue. This leads to low self-confidence, curbed aspirations and retraction into 'culture of silence'. Libraries proved to help them develop language skills, build imagination, and instill confidence to explore new worlds. CInI, through a collaborative approach - involving parents, teachers, students and community - successfully set up libraries in 300 schools. This initiative has spread across the Government schools in district of Khunti and demands are pouring in for more and more libraries in schools. Your funds would support in development of these bookish spaces!
Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), established in 2007, is an associate organization of the Tata Trusts. CInI is the nodal agency for anchoring the Trusts’ Central India Initiative and is presently executing a focused program “Mission 2020 - Lakhpati Kisan : Smart Villages” which aims at making nearly one lakh tribal households ‘Lakhpati’ in an irreversible and sustainable manner along with enhancing their quality of life through multi-sectoral interventions in Education, Sports, Health etc.
CInI's focussed education program under the Mission 2020 aims at enhancing the learning levels of students along with overall development, as a critical aspect towards improving the overall quality of life of tribal communities. The program is closely linked to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. It is being directly implemented by CInI, covering more than 300 schools with about 35,000 students. The plan is to work with around 70,000 children across 470 schools. The library development work in Khunti (Jharkhand) has been undertaken as a part of the program since 2015 with the aim of inculcating a reading habit from an early age. Along with this, improved and innovative teaching methods and tools such as print rich environment and access to resources for triggering imagination and quick grasp of concepts are also being focussed on. All programs are being implemented in close coordination with the community members through the School Management Committees to ensure their involvement, ownership and sustainability.
CInI's larger goal in 2019 is to set up functional and vibrant libraries in all the schools of Khunti district. The funds to be received through this campaign will be utilised to purchase Hindi, English and Bilingual books for setting up libraries in 100 schools. A vibrant environment will be built in the school libraries and book-based activities would be conducted to enhance their language skills, introduce them to reading culture and boost their confidence.