Under the ‘Hindustan Times Paathshala’ initiative, every day a part of the cover price you pay for your copy of the paper is used to support the education of underprivileged children. HT readers have helped send 70,485 such kids to school over the last five years.
Now, as the next step, we have started printing learning charts- covering basic topics such as alphabet, colours, human anatomy and others- at the back of the front page flap in the paper from Monday onwards. You can tear them and share with children who are missing out on education.
Additionally, HT has partnered with Save The Children, a non-government organisation, for a new project called “Every Last Child In School.” It reaches out to students who are out-of-school-never enrolled and drop-outs-between aged 6-14, residing in Shivaji Nagar.
“We launched Paathshala in 2011. Our efforts over the years have touched the lives of over 70,000 children across India. I encourage our readers to partner with us, volunteer, and help us in this cause,” said Rajan Bhalla, chief marketing officer, Hindustan Times.
Some of the tasks under this will be to set up learning centres, equip children with life skills, counsel their parents and create a learning environment for them. “These are marginalised areas, ranking extremely low on human development index. We believe that HT has a positive approach to supporting communities and so this partnership is mutually beneficial,” said Vishal Chowla, director resource mobilisation, Save The Children.
You can directly help in teaching students’ art and crafts, spoken English and community engagement such as street plays and skits depending on your interest and skills. We are looking for volunteers willing to spend just a few hours over the next few weeks to make a difference.
To join the initiative, log on to http://www.paathshala.hindustantimes.com/volunteer.php