800 children, 14 schools, 1 mobile library

Bouncing and swaying on its path toward the Government Higher Primary School, Anekal – when Mantra’s Wonder on Wheels approached the gate, one couldn’t have missed the eager faces of little ones as they got ready to jump in! It was the first ever mobile library coming to their school – one where the concept of a library remained absent for long.

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Time and again, we’re reminded through various annual reports and surveys that children in India’s public education system lag in their ability to read grade-level texts. To improve their comprehension, vocabulary and language skills, Mantra4Change came up with its own version of a mobile library – one which would travel around to our partner schools across educational clusters and inculcate the love for reading among children.

From environment, food, values & morals and life skills to folktales, history & culture, family and adventure – the library covers a host of topics to help enhance children’s knowledge and encourage them to imagine. Covering a total of 14 schools in its pilot run, Wonder on Wheels was launched on January 7 in the Anekal Town Cluster.

On this day, we were joined by Mr. KC Ramesh, the Block Education Officer, Anekal and Mr. Shankar Murthy, Block Resource Coordinator, Anekal, along with all of our wonderful supporting partners – Objectif France-Inde (OFI), Let’s Do Some Good (LDSG) Foundation, and the Bangalore Effective Education Task Force (BEETF).

By Anu Nayudu, Project Lead, Program for Active Cluster Engagement, Mantra4Change

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