India Literacy Project (ILP) : Our partner in mobility !
It was December and Hyderabad turns a tad bit chilly – a good time to visit the city as the weather is pleasant. Madhu was visiting India for the holiday season. In between her family visits , was a trip to the India Literacy Project office as well. India Literacy Project is one of our initial partners . WE have an association that has spanned over years and we have supplied them books on and off through the years. The ILP Hyd chapter head Mr. Manmohan has helped us through many of our questions while we have discussed several rounds of how literacy worked in India. During the December of 2016 when Madhu was here, she and I went to the ILP office to discuss how to take the partnership further. It was at this time that ILP was figuring out how to move with their second mobile library van up and running. End result – Joy of Reading ended up sponsoring a mobile library van (thanks to Madhu and Joy of Reading US which sent funds to ILP India directly and JoR India helped with the books).
The mobile library sessions by ILP are similar to the Joy of Reading Hour. An ILP employee visits 2 schools per day distributing books as well as conducting various activities during the library hour and helping the children to read.
So on one cold wintry morning in Hyderabad close to Chandanagar area at the Mpp School both JoR and ILP formally inaugurated the joint mobile library van.
Needless to say, the children were very excited about their school being included and got the first set of books to read that day.
After a year here are some statistics from ILP on the mobile library
Mobile Library data:
Schools : 6 schools
Sessions : 61 sessions (July to November 15th)
Books distributed: 1194
Reading levels as per pre – assessments :
Level 1 – 163
Level 2 – 33
Level 3 – 7 .
Level 4 – 6
Level 0 – 179 (Beginners)
Thank you ILP . Looking forward to more such lovely initiatives in the future.