It just took five days to turn a noble idea into reality.
With an aim of helping underprivileged children in their education, over one lakh books were collected as part of the ‘great wall of education’ book donation drive partnered by Hindustan Times and Aviva’s ‘Street to School’ arm.
The event that begun on November 11 ended on Monday.
Students from 300 schools of Delhi and NCR actively participated in the five-day event by donating their old textbooks and notebooks.
Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal, who attended the concluding day event, recalled the contributions of the great visionary,
Abul Kalam Azad, in the field of education.
“I am very happy that Hindustan Times and Aviva have come up with such an innovative initiative. This drive will not only give the underprivileged children access to books but also help them educate and step towards a bright future,” Sibal said.
Stressing the need to set up more libraries in the Capital to inculcate the habit of reading among children, Sibal said, “Books are the source of inspiration for children. We must develop a culture to set up more libraries.”
Nav Chatwal, a Class 8 student of New Era School, who donated two books said:, “I gave away two Enid Blyton books. There have been times when I have felt like helping people who are not so priveledged like us but didn’t know how. This kind of an event gives us an opportunity to help them directly.”
Later, Sibal along with Sanjoy Narayan, editor-in-chief, Hindustan Times, T.R. Ramachandran CEO and MD, Aviva and Annupurna Seghal, Education Head, Hindustan Times, presented the donated books to Thomas Chandy, CEO, Save the Children.
Over 200 students from nine schools across the Capital along with teachers and principals attended the function on Monday.
Welcoming all the students, principals and guests, T.R. Ramachandran expressed his satisfaction at the tremendous response the drive received from all quarters of the Capital during the five days.
Ramachandran also said that this drive was just a stepping stone towards building a brighter future for the underprivileged children and that such initiatives would be taken in the near future.