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South civic body to boost reading habit among students

delhi Updated: May 14, 2013 23:59 IST
Ritam Halder
Ritam Halder
Hindustan Times
Standing Committee

Students of South corporation schools will soon get a chance to improve their reading skills. Katha, a Delhi-based NGO, will train them under a programme titled ‘I Love Reading’.

The project will primarily aim at enhancing the reading skills of children in South corporation schools.

“It will make them confident readers and bring about improvements in the grade specific comprehension abilities. It will introduce innovative classroom practices through multi-level mentoring of teachers,” an official said.

The standing committee, which will meet on Wednesday, will clear the funds. “Though the project was cleared in 2012, it was not progressing because of non-clearance of funds. Each school will get Rs 3.24 lakh,” the source said. Around 35 schools will be covered.

Parvinder Kaur, assistant executive director of Katha, said the project will start in July.

“The idea is to bring all children into the elementary education system and to create an environment for lifelong learning. We will provide them with reading kits,” Kaur said. She said the system will create room for discussion and sharing of teaching methodologies. Two other corporations — 23 schools in East civic body and 17 in North — will also adopt the project.

Will teach Pakistani kids

New Delhi: Standing Committee chairman of South corporation Rajesh Gehlot on Tuesday said they would provide primary education to Pakistani refugee kids. Gehlot, who had visited the Pakistani refugee camp at Bijwasan, said, “Around 500 people stay in this camp and it is our responsibility to provide civic amenities to them.”

HT Correspondent