The first day of the Hindustan Times ‘great wall of education’, partnered by Aviva Life Insurance, saw a tremendous response from Delhiites.
On Thursday, even before the formal launch of the wall, many people were seen around the venue waiting to contribute their books.
Schoolchildren from different parts of Delhi too, also presented books to their not so privileged friends on the streets of Delhi.
The donation drive was launched by minister of corporate affairs, Salman Khurshid.
He was accompanied by T R Ramachandran, CEO and MD, Aviva India and actor Nasir Abdullah.
“It’s a wonderful step towards taking the children from street to school,” Khurshid said.
“You don’t need to be powerful and loaded with money to make a difference in society. Small gestures like donating a book can bring a big change in someone’s life.” The first person to contribute was YC Gera, a retired professional from Munirka.
He contributed four books on geography. “I love reading stuff about earth and its formation and I would like to share this interest of mine with other kids,” said Gera.
Bestselling author Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan contributed six textbooks.
“It’s a great cause. Everyone has a right to have a book of their own. We must come forward and help street kids of Delhi to have their own books. I have even asked my friends and fans on twitter to come forward and donate some books.”
In the next four days, Delhiites are requested to donate their old and new books and contribute to this wall placed at DLF Place, Saket.
The initiative has also been partnered with NGOs like Khushi, CRY and Save the Children to facilitate education for over 50,000 children by
2013, under the street to school programme.
Last year, over 1lakh books were collected in Delhi’s book wall. The book wall was later made in Chennai and Kolkata, with a response of 2.5 and 3 lakh donations respectively.
Right now, its Delhi’s turn to up the ante.