President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday appreciated Hindustan Times's initiative 'You Read, They Learn' under which 5 paise will be contributed from every Metro Copy in Delhi-NCR for underprivileged children.
To build on that initiative, Hindustan Times printed a beginner's textbook in every copy of the newspaper in Delhi-NCR on Wednesday.
Here is what President Pratibha Patil wrote in a letter to Hindustan Times.
REPUBLIC OF INDIA
I am happy to know that the Hindustan Times has taken up an initiative "You Read They Learn" to ensure that every underprivileged child gets an education she deserves.
I strongly believe that education has the potential to transform a person's life and realize his or her true potential. I am deeply committed to the cause of education and would like to see every boy and girl, be touched by the light of education. The Government of India is making every effort to provide free and compulsory education to all, through initiatives such as Right to Education Act and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. However, civil society should also participate in this noble effort. I hope that this initiative will inspire other responsible citizens and organizations to undertake similar efforts and complement the work of the Government.
On this occasion, I appeal all the readers to join hands and make this movement successful and contribute by educating a child in your own vicinity and extend my warm greetings and felicitations to all those associated with the Initiative and wish their noble efforts every success.
(Pratibha Devisingh Patil)
April 18, 2012