Building banks of knowledge

Building banks of knowledge


Building banks of knowledge

As part of the Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM) under the TEACH Mission, which aims at eradicating illiteracy and making India literate by 2017, Rotary has designed a campaign — ‘A Million Books, A Million Smiles’.

The Rotary District 3190 in Bangalore extended its support to this programme that was launched by Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education Trust, and Past Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee on the occasion of installation ceremony of District Governor Rotarian Manjunath Shetty. 

More than one lakh Rotarians of the country aim to collect a million plus books this month to create libraries in government schools. 

The district has tied up with Akshara Foundation and Hippocampus Learning Centres of Bangalore – helping them with technical advice and model practices to build modern, user-friendly libraries with the books that will be collected. 

These books will be used build more than 1,500 libraries in about 100 government schools under the ‘Happy Schools’ project TEACH.

The focus of the project is to bestow books that are with pictures with up to five-six lines of written matter per page, comic books, Amar Chitra Kathas, illustrated reference books on science, history, geography, drawing books and sets of crayons/colour pencils, atlases and globes, and other books with simple content in each State language and English. These books will be relevant for students from class I to VIII. 

Those who wish to donate books can drop them in a marked bin/box that will be placed by Rotary at the Cafe Coffee Day or Manyavar stores. The Rotary District 3190 appeals to the masses to join hands with Rotary India Literacy Mission, to donate and collect books to brighten the lives of less advantaged children.

‘A Million Books, A Million Smiles’ campaign has received enthusiastic commitments throughout the country and aims at accomplishing its goals with the help of society. For those, who want to participate in ‘A Million Books, A Million Smiles’ campaign, call H Rajendra Rai, Zonal Literacy Coordinator, Past District Governor on 9845489604.

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