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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
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
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
L TITLES 9 LANGUAGES
S9O LAKH READERS
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
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
Make extensive use of technology to multiply reach of books in different formats
BASED ON THE PAST WORK AND LEARNINGS, PARAG AIMS TO
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