Reading for All
The Library Resource Project
“Reading For All” will develop 10 library resources for the children from Kolkata’s streets and slums. They will have access to storybooks, school texts and a safe place to learn and read. Many of these children are the first generation of their families to go to school and most have no books of their own. The libraries will not only benefit their schooling but also help them discover the joy of reading.
You can help the development of this special resource for these children who are enthusiastic students and who know that education is the key to their future and a way out of poverty.
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$2000 : a whole library – equipment, books, music and training
$1000: books, activities and set up
$300: all books for a single library
$50 or $100: a collection of stories and references
$10: 6 children’s storybooks or 2 high school references
$5: 3 children’s story books or school text
$20 – $50/mth will sustain the libraries
These library resources are not buildings but a collection of resources in the education centers and childrens’ short stay shelters in Kolkata. They will include references, story books and computer support. They maybe a collection on shelves in the class room, in other places they will be transported to the centre in a trunk for safe keeping when not in use.
There will also be activities that encourage children’s development, reading, creativity and leadership skills. CINI teaches children about their rights to education and protection from exploitation and abuse. Older children develop the skills to maintain it. CINI encourages the local community to support this development for its children.
CINI Australia is working with the urban branch of Child In Need Institute, India. “Reading For All” was initiated in Australia’s National Year of Reading, 2012, when we recognise the importance of literacy and access to books for our children. This was a good time to consider the needs of children who have no opportunity to have their own books or go to a library.
In Australia our children benefit from a good education and an abundance of learning resources. Free libraries are important from preschool to university. We experience the joy and excitement of reading for pleasure. Our children have beautiful books. Reading provides them with a doorway to knowledge.
Students at the University of Western Australia who expressed the wish to contribute to CINI Australia’s work in India are the primary group supporting this project. They appreciate the role of reading in their education and are keen to help other young people in the world. This project will create a link between young people of Australia and Kolkata, India and develop an understanding about how best to participate in breaking the cycle of poverty for children in India.
Help this great project to get off the ground
If you, your school or student body would like to sponsor this project and receive recognition on site in India please contact CINI Australia “Reading For All” firstname.lastname@example.org