Maharashtra: Palghar schoolchildren “make friends” with books | Bombay News

PALGHAR: Palghar’s parents have reason to be happy now that their school children are being encouraged to turn off their cell phones and read books. Launched on December 18, 2021, a month-long campaign called “Aao kitabon se dosti karein” (Come, make friends with books), promotes the reading habit among children.
“Over the past two years, many children have stopped reading books because of online lessons. Many parents do not know what students are watching on their cell phones, other than taking online lessons. We launched this initiative to rekindle the pleasure of reading books. “Tanveer Ahmed Ansari, President of Palghar District, All India Ideal Teachers’ Association, said of the campaign initially aimed at students of Zila Parishad and private schools in Urdu.
The campaign includes seminars, discussions on the merits of offline reading, a mobile library launched on behalf of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and the creation of “book corners” in classrooms. Rolling bags filled with story books, comics, biographies and stories tailored to the interests of children are kept at the gates of schools. “Children are encouraged to borrow books from mobile libraries to keep them engaged after school and to give them a reason to get away from phones,” the campaign official said. Asif Tahir Ali,
They also launched a competition called “Kitabein padho, inaam pao” (read books, get rewards). “Children are given a book to read each week and questions are asked from the book. Those who give correct answers are rewarded with prizes, ”Ali said of the campaign to encourage children to go beyond textbooks.
Reading books has many benefits. It broadens the horizon, enriches vocabulary, enriches general culture and gives ambition and hope. Most successful people in different fields have been voracious readers. Reading keeps them motivated, positive and on edge.
Yasmin Sajid Shaikh, director of a Zilla Parishad school in Vasai, welcomed the initiative. “As a teacher, I fear that the children have forgotten what they were taught months ago. In the primary classes, we have to teach them again what they were taught earlier because they have forgotten a lot. things during the lockdown. It’s good that some socially aware people have launched a campaign to instill reading habits in children, ”Shaikh said.

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