Library

Our school started in 2012 in the Dineshpur area of Udham Singh Nagar district in Uttarakhand. We have twelve teachers and approximately eighty students in our school. In the beginning our school had limited resources but we tried to do our best in the given limited resources. For example, we used the first to fifth Uttarakhand state textbooks and NCERT books for reading to the children.

What kind of books do children need? And what do we do to enable such books to be selected and included in the school libraries being introduced under RTE across the country?
 
I. What kind of books do children need?

In the 1st part, we shared Prof Ramanujam Meganathan's wonderful posters on English Language Teaching that address the art & craft (and the challenges) of helping the learners acquire English.

The first book I remember reading where a teacher was a prominent character was ‘To Sir, With Love’ by E R Braithwaite. The film, as many of us know, was also made into a successful motion picture and warmed the hearts of many teachers who had similarly faced the slings and arrows of outrageous students.

Do you remember the days when you curled up in a chair with a book (anything from Tom Sawyer or Little Women to The Final Diagnosis) and a plate of munchies, oblivious to the rest of the world, especially calling parents? The book-reading child is slowly becoming a rare sight. The place of pride that the storybook occupied is being taken over by the ubiquitous television and the computer. This is not to say these are ‘bad’ per se, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the book is indeed something special.

Magic happens when you integrate library books with classroom learning...as was done in Apna Vidya Bhavan.

English

One of the greatest achievements of The Vikramshila school in Bigha is the mobile library. With the internet, the culture of reading and libraries had died down over the years and it was decided that if the community didn't come to the library, then the library would be taken to them.

English

The writer shares her experience of working with different library models and her thoughts on the power of a community-based library, while working with Eklavya, an organization in Bhopal...

This issue of Learning Curve is devoted to the theme of language learning. In it, students, teachers, field practitioners and academicians talk about what language means to them, its multiple benefits and the issues and challenges associated with its learning.

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