Through LEC, Bookworm has nurtured more than a hundred library educators working in different geographies of India through a structured 7 months Certificate Course called LEC (Library Educators Course) since 2017 and a majority of them are making impacts in their children's library work across the country.
This Course was thought upon and designed by Usha Mukunda and Sujata Noronha, two of the pioneers of children's library work in this country and is also certified by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. This is just one of the initiatives of Bookworm, whereas we also run library programs.
The Course is very different from any other library course which runs in the country and the participants range is very diverse: NGO professionals willing or working on library initiatives, Government/Public librarians, teachers, children's book authors, donor agencies etc. Participants represent a microcosm of this country - Tibbetan refugees who are working for their communities settled in Ladakh and Karnataka, naxal affected districts from Chattisgarh, people working with most vulnerable groups in Bihar, Orissa, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal, Nepal, Afghanistan etc. And at the same time, also teachers from schools who do have resources but lack their understanding on library work. It's a wonderful Course for people working in libraries.
Why we are fundraising for LEC 2022 is because there is immense need for deepening the understanding on work around children's literature and to engage children with the joys of reading. The practitioners we select are already working with diverse children's groups in their geographies. At the same time, not many institutional donors are coming ahead to support the cost of this intensive Course.
For LEC 2022 to happen (this year it is planned to begin in October 2022), and after a lot of efforts from the LEC core team, ~ Rs 38 lakhs has been fundraised through Nalanda Charitable Foundation and Bookworm's own commitment. However, there is still a shortfall of Rs 6 lakhs that will enable the Course Activities to take place (training venue and accommodation for participants, ~1000 books that would be used during the contact period and scholarship to select participants to attend this course).
Your contribution shall ensure that the impact of children's library work will reach out to thousands of children in the country. This is also the ONLY CERTIFIED practitioner course in the country for library work. There is a momentum of 100 + alumni in the sector and each year the library community is growing through this Course. Bookworm is an organization with high integrity, professional standards in the field of library work and believes that reading is fundamental to life.
Watch a Course Contact Video here to see a glimpse of how it looks like.
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