Library

An education programme to help improve reading skills in both English and Kannada.

Reading to bring more understanding

An initial study to understand reading culture concluded that non-curricular reading among students is minimal. Teachers did not grasp the importance of a dedicated reading space. Knowledge of age-appropriate reading material among teachers is lacking while little or no priority is given to reading at home as parents and guardians do not have the habit of reading themselves.

This programme looks to combat the growing disinterest in reading due to lack of age and grade-specific books as well as a dedicated reading space. To address this issue, library educators partook in a four-day capacity building workshop on how to engage with students in reading-related activities. The spaces are also provided with necessary infrastructure and books (in both English and Kannada). Facilitators are provided with tablets to handle MIS and undergo regular training.

100 Government Higher Primary schools have been brought in as a part of the Tata Trusts Parag Library initiative, where reading capabilities in both English and Kannada are strengthened. This programme has improved the reading skills, general knowledge and fluency of students in grades 4 to 7. Forty of the schools are a part of the intensive approach, with dedicated library spaces with specially trained facilitators while the remaining sixty are under the extensive approach, which are run by school teachers.

progress

Our progress.

As part of our Library programme,

40 animators

are now fully employed in the programme.

Stories from the villages.

The impact and transformation that we have created breathe through the community of Yadgir. We continue to learn from them and use their experiences to create a more personalised approach.

English Vinglish
Proficiency in English

Yellappa was a shy student. He had difficulties in understanding and learning concepts. He was not confident about reading and writing english. Through Kalike’s Proficiency in English program, Yellapa today is confident about reading aloud in the class, his comprehension skills have shown marked improvement and he also actively participates in various class events. He has won several prizes for hand writing, reciting rhymes, etc.

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The Joy of Reading
Library

The library was restructured and renovated in this village and village school, but people wanted to safe guard the books than read it. Kalike’s Library program put a system in place through which students now are encouraged to borrow and read the books. The biggest recognition came when about 8 students opened their own school library.

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Little Library, Big World
Library

The Kalike library initiative not only sets up libraries in dedicated spaces in schools, but has also encouraged students to collect books and set up home libraries of their own.

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