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Teachers Set Up Library For Children At School

2016-09-09 23:00

Teachers handing over books to children


Tehatta, Sept. 8: In a noble initiative to make the students feel interested towards reading books, five teachers of a state government aided primary school in Nadia’s Palashipara come up to set up a library at their school purchasing books at their own cost.

The initiative, which is first of its kind in Nadia district, has received accolades from the district administration, which has encouraged their initiative by donating two hundred books to strengthen the capacity of the children’s library, titled “Chalantika” at the Abhaynagar Prathamik Vidyapith, which was inaugurated on Wednesday by Sub inspector of schools of Tehatta new circle Sanjay Mondal.

There is 2618 state government aided primary schools in Nadia. However, none of the schools has any library.

The initiative has made tiny pupils like Sabir Hussein (Class one), Noor Akhtar Sheikh (class one), Sariqul Islam (class two), Mallika Sultana (class four) and around one hundred other student to read books like “Pagla Dashu”, “Gopal Bhanr”, comic books at the tiffin breaks and at their home too.

With the help of the Nadia district primary school council the school has build up bank of 400 books that suits children interest and psychology.

Head master of the school Safiqul Islam said: “We have made a wide collection of interesting pictorial books on different subjects as well as books on children literature written by Upendra Kishore Roy choudhuri, Sukumar Roy, Rabindra Nath Tagore and others. We have also kept some reference books for students of class three and four so that poor students can be benefitted for their course curriculum”

Chairman of Nadia district primary school council Ramaprasad Roy said: “This is a great initiative by the teachers of the primary school. There is no official provision for setting up libraries at the primary schools. So, I would be happy if teachers of other schools follow the initiative of the teachers of Abhaynagar Prathamik Vidyapith come up to set up libraries in similar manner”.

However, the Abhaynagar Prathamik Vidyapith authority has decided to accustom the children with reading habits before issuing books to them for home.

The primary school which was set up in 1961 has at present 101 students and five teachers.

Head master Safiqul Islam, the brain behind the initiative said: “Our objective is to make the students fascinated towards book, not to make reading books as academic compulsion. So we have decided to develop the reading habits among them first by offering them pictorial books, books of funny poems so that they gradually develop fascination towards books. Most of the students of the school belong to poor farming families and first generation learner. We would also talk to their parents so that they do not discourage their wards in reading books beyond curriculum”.

In last month Head master Safiqul Islam proposed his colleagues to set up the library. The five teachers talked over the issue and finally agreed to the proposal.

Sahin Mondal, a teacher of the school said: “It was a collective decision for sake of the children. Our head teacher made the proposal and requested us to contribute for making a fund so that books can be purchased for the children. We all agreed to it”.

Head master Safiqul said: “We have first made a list of about 200 books ideal for the children and then made a budget. Most of the books are small paper back model and cost low. We then grossly contributed about rupees eight thousand to purchase the books”.

“We also appealed the district primary council for approval of our initiative. The council not only given its nod, but also offered us 200 books for the children through the sub inspector of school of Tehatta new circle”, the head master added.

SI of school Samir Mondal said: “This is a great initiative to develop reading habits which is a decaying phenomenon. The aggression of technology has made its impact on children psychology. I think such initiative would help the children to develop their creative mind as well”.

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