Help raise funds to establish libraries in rural government schools for the children in Faridabad
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Who we areThis is a collaborative project by Varitra Foundation and RN Malhotra & Anna R Malhotra Charitable Trust. Varitra Foundation is a youth-led organisation started by alumni of Tata Institute of Social Studies and St. Xavier’s Mumbai with a vision to provide quality education to rural underserved children. Over the past four years, Varitra has worked with 20 government schools benefitting more than 5000 rural children in Karnal district (Haryana) through Remedial Learning Centres, Libraries and reading programmes, School Infrastructure Transformation, Digital Education platforms and Offline Learning Kits.
RN Malhotra & Anna R Malhotra charitable trust was set up in the memory of two outstanding nation-builders, Mr RN Malhotra (Former RBI governor) and Mrs Anna R Malhotra (India’s first woman IAS officer) to take their legacy forward. RN Malhotra & Anna R Malhotra Charitable Trust is on a mission to help the underserved with their educational and other critical needs and make a meaningful difference in their lives. They have collaborated with Varitra Foundation to transform rural government schools and have adopted five government schools in Faridabad district. The trust is also working with other NGOs to improve the quality of education for children from low-income backgrounds through remedial classes and tech-led learning. The trust is run by senior professionals.
Our work and its impactThe recent National Achievement Survey (NAS) has shown that post Covid-19, learning outcomes have dropped significantly in classes 3, 5, 8 and 10. Building libraries in rural schools is our flagship initiative to help schools set up safe reading spaces. Each library currently includes 200-500 books from different publishers, on a variety of themes and reading levels, thus creating a diverse collection for children. Over the past four years, we have set up and managed libraries in 20 government schools with more than 8000 books. The two partners are also running remedial classes in Faridabad to improve learning outcomes in English and Maths.
Our key activities include:
· Silent reading time (individual/pair)
· Borrowing books
· Extended vocabulary and craft activities
· Reading-based activities like storytelling, readalouds, book discussions, etc.
· Reading buddy to help early readers by pairing them with a proficient reader
The output of the proposed project:
· Every student reads at least 3-4 books in a month and 25-30 books in an academic year.
· Students improve their story-telling, reading, writing, teamwork, listening and leadership skills.
· Enhance the children’s leadership and communication skills.
· Provide trained library educators (1 educator per library).
· Transform the libraries into a digital learning space by integrating technology with e-learning content and equipment.
How we will utilise these booksThe funds from this campaign will be used to set up libraries in five rural government schools and we will be undertaking reading and behavioural change sessions in these libraries to inculcate a habit of reading in primary school children. We believe that every child has a unique personality, therefore we need books which suit their unique individual preferences. We have thus tried to curate a collection of books from a diverse range of publishers to reach out to all kinds of early readers. Each library consists of at least 200-500 bilingual (Hindi & English) storybooks, knowledge books, poetry books/cards, children’s magazines, wall posters, display materials, two book racks, one pin board, and one magnetic board.
Our goal is to raise funds for storybooks from Pratham Books that will help the children explore and broaden their horizons.