Print Edition - 2015-06-03  |  Earthquake Relief

Room to Read provides books to schools

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Room to Read provides books to schools

Jun 2, 2015-Room to Read, a non-profit organisation working for literacy, has donated books to over 4,800 schools in 14 earthquake-affected districts.

The organisation—which has been working in Nepal since 2001—has partnered with the District Education Offices and to send a package consisting of 100 books each—published by Room to Read itself—to the affected schools.

The package, primarily targeted at children from grades 1 to 5, consists of picture books.

“The books are colourful and full of illustrations and will enhance children’s imagination as well as entertain them,” said Sangam Shilpakar, an official at Room to Read.

The DEO will use these books in the temporary learning centres they are setting up.

Around two million students in the 14 worst-hit districts did not go back to school for more than a month after the Great Quake struck on April 25. According to government data, at least 6,975 public schools were entirely destroyed.

In the last few weeks, child-friendly spaces have been constructed in various camps across the most affected areas where children are encouraged to be involved in various activities to distract them from the terror induced by the quake.

The schools that have now reopened are also focusing on helping children cope with the aftermath of the disaster. Most of the schools have been holding counselling and fun-activity sessions to help students overcome their fears.

Shilpakar says that an important part of this psychosocial counselling could be effective storytelling.

In recent weeks, Room to Read has brought together storytellers and children and to help them cope with trauma.

Published: 03-06-2015 07:15

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