Save the kids from being the proverbial frog in the well!
“To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books.”
– Carlos María Domínguez
A fellow at Gandhi fellowship, which works for improving the quality of education, I am Piyush. I am an ordinary boy who hails from a village in Bihar. I have lived through a lack of sources of knowledge while growing up and realised the significance of this scarcity when I was out of the isolated world of a village. As a result, when I was told to do a real life project to help improve the quality of education in a set of villages in Rajasthan, I jumped at the opportunity to turn my dream of creating a mobile library out there. I have held this idea very close to my heart for years now.
For the last 18 months, I have been working in government schools in the Churu District of Rajasthan (the Rajgarh Block). I have been trying to dedicate my time into providing quality education to the neglected(more often than not) children of government school.
After having spent this time at the grassroots, I have come to realize that some common problems face all of these schools. Community participation is low because of lack of awareness, since they hardly get access to any kind of education whatsoever. Additionally, the sources of knowledge are very low, even among students within the school, because they have no books available to them to exercise their reading abilities.
Since I am a firm believer in the power of books, and their learning and healing capabilities, I wish to start a fundraiser to create a mobile library for the entire Rajgarh block to use. The library will provide books to different villages in this block. These books will create awareness about education, and provide schools with an opportunity to conduct reading sessions, and purchase books from this library. I believe that this mobile library will be able to reach two schools per day. Additionally, in the evening, this library can be used as a resource for communal activities and education, such as recipe books for women, books targeted towards senior citizens, and books used to educate the youth and children.
I will be able to achieve all this by the 18th of February, 2018, if I am able to raise ₹ 3,00,000. This will be sufficient for me to create the mobile library and provide the students of Rajgarh with a future they can hold in their own hands.
“Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”
– Laura Bush