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  • ChildrensLiterature

    Developing & creating access to

    in Indian Languages

    AN INITIATIVE OFTATA TRUSTS

    SIR DORABJI TATA TRUST SIR RATAN TATA TRUST JAMSETJI TATA TRUST N.R. TATA TRUST J.R.D TATA TRUST

    J YS OF READINGSPREADING THE

  • ParagIS AN INITIATIVE OF THE TATA TRUSTS THAT

    SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT, DISSEMINATION AND USE

    OF CHILDRENS LITERATURE IN INDIAN LANGUAGES,

    TO PROMOTE READING AMONG CHILDREN.

    The importance of extensive use of reading material beyond school

    textbooks, including variety of childrens literature in Indian languages,

    is emphasised in key policy documents, such as the National Curriculum

    Framework, 2005. Education research widely recognises the role of easy

    access and meaningful use of childrens literature in classrooms and

    homes. For example, according to the landmark report Becoming nation

    of readers (1985) Read aloud (of storybooks) is single most important

    activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in

    reading. Reading to children, starting with young, pre-schoolers plays

    a key role in developing and sustaining motivation for reading among

    children. However, access to age-appropriate, engaging reading material

    in regional languages remains a major challenge for children in India.

  • Only a handful of publishers in India are engaged in quality publishing of

    childrens literature in Indian languages. A study of the sector commissioned

    by the Trusts showed that the childrens literature market is mere 5% of total

    publishing. While India has a large school going population, quality literature in

    childrens home language is limited. Secondly, school libraries can be the most

    efcient source of access to literature for majority of children, who are enrolled

    in schools, but do not have books at home. However, 74% schools do not have

    functional libraries.

    The Problem Statement

    The lions share of literature for children is available in English and targeted at urban readers. Indian languages are mostly neglected.

    Of the 100 publishers comprising the organised CL sector, only 15-20 produce quality original content.

    School or public libraries are the only channel of access for majority of children because of low purchasing capacity of 84% population. Yet, less than 1 in 4 school libraries are in use.

    Lack of investment in grooming young talent to add new authors/illustrators and no training avenues for school teachers/librarians to select and use literature in an engaging manner.

    NON-AVAILABILITY OF CHILDRENS LITERATURE IN INDIAN LANGUAGES

    LACK OF ORIGINAL AND CONTEXTUAL STORIES

    LIMITED CHANNELS OF ACCESSLIMITED OR NO CAPACITY BUILDING AVENUES

    *For more details on key issues see the summary of study on childrens literature sector commissioned by the Trusts

    key issues*

  • 52 Parag books in recommended list prepared by NCERT

    7 out of 10Parag books are priced below `50

    SIGNIFICANT OUTCOMESchildren improved

    their reading competence

    Intensive work at pilot scale in150 libraries has reached

    out to 14,000 children

    Developed training modules in Marathi and Kannada

    Developed rst librarycourse for childrens

    librarians in Hindi

    `507 to 9 out of 10 books rated 4 on a scale of 5 byseveral expert reviewers

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    2007-14

    Libraries

    Capacity Building

  • As the Infographic on Signicant Outcomes shows, Parag has over the past

    seven years supported the development of quality childrens literature in

    regional languages. Parag supported books have original stories that are both contextual and global, cover a variety of genres including picture

    books, activity books, non-ction, animated stories and teacher resource

    material. Parag has supported school and community libraries for ensuring access to quality books. It has created avenues to promote young talented

    authors and illustrators. Parag workshops and programmes have trained

    librarians, teachers and educators besides creating resources on setting up

    and running active libraries, book selection and using libraries to enhance

    reading skills.

    2007-14

    Addressing Key Issues

  • Snapshot of the Next Five Years (2015-20)

    LIBRARIES Parag will set up and support 600 libraries reaching 1.2 lakh children. The library activities will aim to ensure that students demonstrate

    increased motivation to read. Libraries will be piloted in Community Information

    Resource Centres (CIRC) to use eBooks and Open Education Resources for

    bridging the digital divide.

    BOOK DEVELOPMENT The 550 new titles will include 100 books for children with special needs and 100 eBooks. These books will have a

    cumulative readership of 1.55 crore. Parag titles will be made available under

    Creative Commons and through various online libraries and platforms.

    GROOMING PROFESSIONALS Parags Library Educators Course will be offered in multiple languages, covering 460 librarians/educators, who will in

    turn, reach 240,000 children. The course will also be offered as a Massive Open

    Online Course (MOOC). Under an innovative course for illustrators, 90 young

    childrens illustrators will be groomed.

    TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FUND Institute a fund to encourage development of book apps, digital solutions to delivering eBooks and reaching

    as many children as possible and host pilot projects to use childrens literature

    to bridge the digital divide.

    PARAG CELL Set up a Parag Cell to drive the initiative and address gap areas, including meaningful use of technology to promote reading for pleasure.

    THROUGH STRATEGIC INVESTMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS,

    PARAG WILL RAISE THE BAR FOR QUALITY CHILDRENS

    LITERATURE IN INDIAN LANGUAGES WITH A COMMITMENT

    TO MAKE READING FOR PLEASURE AN INTRINSIC PART OF

    EVERY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE

    600SET UP

    LIBRARIES550ADD

    NEW TITLES

    1.55 CrADD

    READERS

    580GROOM

    PROFESSIONALS

    Make extensive use of technology to multiply reach of books in different formats

    BASED ON THE PAST WORK AND LEARNINGS, PARAG AIMS TO

    550ADD

    NEW TITLES

    For more information & feedback write to us at parag@tatatrusts.org