Over 1.9 lakh people have volunteered for Madhya Pradesh government’s novel project “Mile Banche Madhya Pradesh” (Let Us Read Together), on participatory learning to be held in the state on February 18.
As Sunday was the last day for online registration as volunteers, chief minister’s office (CMO) tweeted “With the registration of 1,93,004 volunteers covering 100% schools (1,12,073) of the state, #MilBaanchenMP has become a mass movement”.
AK Parikh, deputy director Rajya Shikshya Kendra told HT that Mile Banche Madhya Pradesh is the first of its kind initiative in the state, in which volunteers will teach a chapter or a part of it to the school children and hold interactive discussions with them. He said Shivraj Singh Chouhan had got himself registered online for the programme for a school in Bhopal where he will hold discussion with the students regarding book reading. Chouhan will teach at Sanjay Gandhi School in Bhopal ,while minister of state for education Deepak Joshi will teach at a school in Dewas, he said. Parikh said the programme is being organised with an aim to develop interest in children towards reading and understanding literature containing knowledge.
Earlier “Mile Banche Madhya Pradesh” was scheduled to be held in all primary schools on January 28. However owing to good response of the people to be volunteers, it was decided to postpone it and hold it on a bigger scale. It will be now held on February 18. The chief minister wanted that a volunteer should teach in each one of the 1.12 lakh schools in the state on the scheduled day, including the schools run for tribal children, said officials.
The online registration had started on January 18 on the website www.schoolchalehum.mp.gov.in. Sunday (February 12)was the last for people to register as volunteers.
Under this programme, public representatives, government employees, motivator of ‘school chale hum’ campaign, eminent persons, private doctors, engineers, lawyers and ex-students will read a chapter or part of the chapter from the course book or from any book available in the library before the school children and then hold discussions with the children.