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The great wall of books

It takes a city and all its books to raise a child. On National Education Day today, a unique donation initiative commences at the Ansal Plaza, Khel Gaon Marg.

books Updated: Nov 10, 2009 21:40 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi

It takes a city and all its books to raise a child. On National Education Day today, a unique donation initiative commences at the Ansal Plaza, Khel Gaon Marg.

Called the Book Wall, the initiative will see Delhiites donating their old books, which will then be used to educate thousands of unprivileged children across the country. A partnership between Hindustan Times and Aviva’s Street to School programme, the initiative will go on till November 15.

“These are fun story books both in English and Hindi,” said author Anuja Chauhan, the first celebrity to donate her children’s books for the cause. “I would like it if children get to read fun and happy stories with no explicit moral science lessons. That would keep them busy and help them discover the pleasure of reading,” she added.

While the Book Wall comes up at the Ansal Plaza, donation boxes have also been placed at some 300 schools across the city for students to give away their books. These will then be collected and added to the Wall everyday.

On November 16, the books will be handed over to the NGO, Save the Children.