‘Book Van’ sets out to boost reading habit; huge relief for kids during lockdown
Aryanadu (Thiruvananthapuram): The ‘Pusthakavandi’ or the book van has come as a huge relief for the children and parents who are forced to stay inside their houses in Aryanadu panchayat. This project also supplies books for the Anganwadis in the panchayat. The panchayat-driven initiative ‘Arivinte Uravu’ aims at boosting reading habits of children.
The idea of ‘Pusthakavandi’ was brought out aiming to address the concerns regarding the students’ mental health during the online learning era. It stems from the desire to bring back students to the track of reading as they shift lanes into the speed track of online learning.
The program is organised by the panchayat and the ministry of human resource development. Apart from books distribution, various learning-based programs are organised to develop the creativity of students. The Anganwadis selected from different wards are given books.
Parents also are encouraged to take books from the van. The books must be returned the next day when the van returns. The book van also requests the students lending books to write a review about the books they read. Gifts are given to all students who submit their reviews.
The book van has received much applause from all. The book van started its journey on the memorial day of Vaikom Muhammed Basheer.