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Celebrating International Children’s Book Day

The second day of April is celebrated across the world as International Children’s Book Day and to mark this event Pratham Books organized story-telling sessions in different locations in the city. These sessions were done in order to encourage a reading habit amongst children by giving them a peek into the wonderful world of fiction.

The book chosen was “The Quirquincho and the Fox”, an Argentinian folk tale about an armadillo that outwits the cunning fox and hundreds of children from different walks of life came together to listen to and read the same story on that day.
Pratham Books partnered with the Hippocampus Reading Foundation and Akshara Foundation to make this possible.

The day started by children gathering into Akshara’s libraries in five areas of the city where they were mesmerized by story-tellers, many of whom were from the world of theatre. They watched and listened with rapt attention as puppets danced around the room to make the story come alive.

Similar sessions were also held at Public Libraries, the Hippocampus centres and Landmark bookstore. Arundhati Nag, Bangalore’s favourite theatre person and the driving force behind Rangashankara, transported children into another world through her story telling session at Landmark. Dressed as the Quirquincho she used gunnysacks filled with corn and potatoes to describe details of the story. In fact, many of the parents were as enveloped in the world of fantasy and fiction as their children.

Speaking at the event, Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Pratham Books highlighted the importance of reading amongst children. “Pratham Books is beyond just a publishing house as we are a part of a national movement to get more children reading. Our belief is that if books are attractive and affordable we will be able to create a shift in the paradigm for publishing children’s books in India”, she said.

"The Quirquincho and the Fox" and "The Magic Powder" are the first in a series of international folk tales that Pratham Books has published.
Pratham books is a partner organization which has been set up as part of our national drive called “Read India” which is aimed at getting every child to read well.
To find out more visit www.prathambooks.org

Janashala-Unicef Programme - 100 Kannada Readers created

A set of 50 Readers for 1st Std have already been designed and delivered to Janashala, Dept. of Education and the Government of Karnataka in July 2004. Subsequently 50 Readers for 2nd Std have also been completed and handed over in Jan 2005.

The Readers follow the graded pattern as per the Learning Ladder of the Nali-Kali methodology of teaching. Under this system children do not follow textbooks but are encouraged with a lot of activity based learning. Hence “Readers” were created to fulfill this need for graded reading material.

l The effort was to make the books child-friendly, attractive and interesting.

l Importance was given to use of humour, fun and family values as vehicles for the stories.

l Themes also related to environment awareness, kindness to animals, math concepts, personal hygiene and correct nutrition.

l Some books have illustrations by child artists.

Experts from DSERT, SRC Mysore, Teachers, and Resource persons were involved at various stages of preparation and their suggestions have been incorporated into the Readers.

These Readers have been printed by Unicef and distributed to children in 10 Blocks of Karnataka, where teachers and students alike have welcomed them. The team at Unicef has warmly appreciated our effort. In fact, we have received requests for the books from general public as well!


Akshara Foundation has just completed five eventful years in Bangalore. During this period it has helped provide primary education to over a lakh of children in and around Bangalore city.
The fifth anniversary celebration was a fit occasion to reflect on Akshara’s programmes and celebrate the efforts of its staff and local volunteers.

The exhibition was titled “ Five Smiling Years of Akshara “ and it showcased the efforts of the organization and its impact on children. It highlighted the various programme interventions and their impact over the five years. The Hon. Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka, Shri R. Ramalinga Reddy, inaugurated the exhibition.

Shri Reddy lauded the efforts of Akshara Foundation in partnering with the Government to achieve complete literacy in the State. The State Government, he mentioned, had plans to open 218 schools this year. It also planned to open 58 residential schools in places where the literacy rate is poor among women. Shri Reddy requested Dr. Rajkumar Khatri, State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, who was present, to actively support Akshara to continue their education programmes in Bangalore and other Districts of Karnataka.

Smt. Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Akshara Foundation stated in her address that over the years, Akshara has emerged as a community-driven force, involving multiple stake-holders in the process of achieving universal elementary education. Recognizing Akshara’s efforts in this area, she mentioned that there were plans to bring more children under the umbrella of the Foundation’s activities.

The Fifth Anniversary Celebrations included an enjoyable two-hour cultural programme presented by Akshara volunteers. It brought to light the varied talents of our volunteers in the field of music, drama and dance and compering!

The prize distribution ceremony on the occasion recognized the efforts of the team who were primarily responsible for the success of the programmes on ground. Over 40 members were felicitated for good performance by Shri Ramalinga Reddy, Smt. Rohini Nilekani, Sri Ashok Kamath(Managing Trustee) and Col. Murthy Rajan (Chief Operations Officer) .

The programme concluded on an upbeat note. It was truly a memorable day for the Akshara Family!

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