This Daan Utsav we want to ignite a Reading Movement to help children across India inculcate the habit of reading. Our goal is to set up joyful reading spaces for children and unlock the magic of reading in their mother tongue languages.
In 2021, a crowdfunding campaign set up by Shiksharth Trust broke records by raising libraries for 64 community libraries and schools in Chhattisgarh. Over 40,000 children in the district of Sukma, a region adversely affected by political conflict benefitted from this campaign when they raised 6 lakhs within a span of one month. Watch this interview with Ashish Shrivastava, the founder of Shiksharth Trust to learn more about the scale of the campaign and its immense impact.
Research shows that 1 out of 2 children in India cannot read at their grade level. Most children do not have a conducive reading environment at home and a school library is the only source of books. But libraries in rural schools are under-resourced and do not have books that are age-appropriate and written in mother tongue languages
Joyful Story Books: With colourful illustrations, localised content in Indian languages, and easy access, our books help overcome the barriers to reading. Our books are categorised across four levels- Emergent, Early, Independent and Fluent readers, based on reading proficiency rather than age. This encourages children to read in a non-judgmental way, regardless of their grade level. Each book comes with a coloured reading band and a legend at the back that explains the reading level to the teacher or facilitator.
Portable Library: Guided by the scarcity of infrastructure and resources that most government and affordable private schools face, we designed the Library-in-a-Classroom. It is a portable library that hangs on the wall containing 100 richly illustrated storybooks. Children enjoy invaluable physical proximity to printed books which in turn encourages them to read and develop emotionally and intellectually.
Employee Giving: Engage your employees in a meaningful campaign this Daan Utsav and raise a company-wide crowdfunding campaign for a specific community library or organisation.
Volunteer: Become a Library Champion. Identify a school, anganwadi or community library in your hometown, village or vicinity. Set up a special Daan Utsav crowdfunding campaign on Donate-a-Book and raise funds from your friends and family encouraging them to support your vision. Share the details of your campaign on social media and messaging platforms and encourage others to contribute and participate. Our collective effort can amplify the impact and reach more people.
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Campaigns: Set up Daan Utsav crowdfunding campaigns on the Donate-a-Book platform. This will enable various Donors and Corporates to identify your cause and choose to support it. Click here to set up your campaign
Beneficiary: Register on this link as a beneficiary to receive books and portable libraries from Pratham Books.