Print Edition - 2014-11-01 | Nation
Kids run literacy class for parents
Oct 31, 2014-An adult literacy centre has been established in Jhula-1 at the initiative of the children affiliated to a local child club. Using funds from the club’s savings and donations, the children had initiated the centre seven months ago with an intention to educate their parents.
After the establishment of the literacy centre, formed at the initiative of 45 children affiliated with ‘Swabalamban Bal Club’, local parents have been attending two hours of informal educational classes daily. “We had established the centre as our parents, though illiterate, had understood the value of education and dedicated their blood and sweat to ensure that we get proper education,” said chairperson of the club Alisha Chand. Stating that they had been operating the classes in the building of a local community service organisation, Chand said that members of the club studying in the ninth and tenth grades had been imparting informal education to the adults. The initiative has enabled more than two dozen parents to do some basic reading and writing, hence they no longer have to depend on others to read letters and do some basic mathematics.
According to Chand, they had used Rs 25,000 collected in donations and Rs 10,000 from the club’s fund to purchase various types of books. “Previously, none of our parents cared when we called them to our meetings, but after the initiation of the centre, they have started showing interest in our activities,” Chand said. She also said that after being applauded for their effort they had been motivated to work on a new project for the welfare of the society.
Meanwhile, Balkrishna Rijal, a teacher at the local Ekta Lower Secondary School said that the effort of the children was exemplary and no less than inspiring. Of late, the club has also started imparting education on agriculture, business, and sanitation, among others, with the help of local leaders. In the meantime, the children have been campaigning to make the village an ‘alcohol free area’ and emphasizing on sanitation by urging all to build toilets in or near their homes.
Published: 01-11-2014 09:11