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PGNF helps students to make friendship with books
Believing that books play an important role in shaping the character of future generations, an NRI organisation from Prakasam district is helping the students of few government schools to make friendship with books and fall in love with literature just to make sure that they evolve as human beings with more analytical, logical and creative minds and continue education with no mental stress.
Ongole: Believing that books play an important role in shaping the character of future generations, an NRI organisation from Prakasam district is helping the students of few government schools to make friendship with books and fall in love with literature just to make sure that they evolve as human beings with more analytical, logical and creative minds and continue education with no mental stress.
The Prakasam Global NRI Forum, the PGNF, is a group of 240 individuals from Prakasam district settled in various countries but have love towards their motherland. With an aim to enrich, educate and engage young minds to aid and promote sustainable progress of district, PGNF is engaged in educational campaigns like establishing school libraries, renovation of classrooms, setting up digital classrooms and organising local book fairs, along with the supply of bicycles to children coming from far off places.
For the last two years, the PGNF has presented children literature books worth of Rs 30,000 each to 94 schools in Prakasam district. They are selecting the schools based on the interest in staff to run the library and award the responsibility to maintain it to the teacher and students. As part of the library activity, the students read the stories, review them, enact the stories as dramas, and paint the scenes in them.
Dr C A Prasad, president of Praja Science Vedika and convener of PGNF, who conducts book reading sessions in both Telugu states, said that the opportunity to read literature was not available to 95 to 98 per cent of students in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He said that only 1 or 2 per cent of government and private schools, where the books loving teachers are available, are giving a chance to students to read books as part of the curriculum.
Dr. Prasad said that reading and reviewing stories help the students to learn the language, which then helps them to understand the subject. He said the students in the present education system do not know how to communicate with others or analyse a situation and that is the reason behind their suicides. He appreciated the efforts of Hyderabad Book Club, which conducts a 10-day workshop every year for children to read books, paint the scenes, review the story and enact it as a drama. He said experiments like that should happen in the local libraries and schools, than just conducting summer camps to teach computer education or technical sessions to students.