City based organization Anwesha in collaboration with Unicef has planned to develop colorful books for the children of tea garden areas in Assam.
The books, manuscripts of which would be developed in a series of workshops in Guwahati, will be distributed free of cost among the children of tea estates across Assam.
“There are many obstacles in spreading education among the children of tea garden communities. The economic and cultural environment is not conducive for education. Children don’t find reading an interesting and entertaining activity. One way of making these reluctant readers interested in reading could be providing them age appropriate colorful reading materials with the content of their life and surroundings,” Paresh Malakar, the president of Anwesha, said.
Malakar said Unicef has joined hands with them to develop these books.
“Such efforts proved fruitful earlier. So this time we are planning to develop a set of ten books through workshops by involving educators and authors from the tea garden communities and also others. The illustrators for children’s books from Assam will be involved in it,” he said.
Malakar said they have invited a large number of experts as resource persons in the preparatory workshop to be held from September 20 to 22 at its office premises on Nabagraha road of the city.
Axom Sarba Sikhsa Abhiyan Mission, State Child Protection Society, Assam and Directorate of Welfare of Tea & Ex-Tea Garden Tribes are also being involved in it, Malakar added.