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Rukmini Foundation organized World Read Aloud Day 2014 on 5th March, Wednesday. Since 2013, an event promoted by our friends at LitWorld.  The foundation which is working for the educational enrichment of girls in this region, has also been organizing this event throughout the Pharping community for the last two years. This year, we held this activity in Shikharapur Community School, Junkiri Community School and Shikharapur Sustainable Farmer’s School/Bottle House.

Just like last year, we focused on the concept of reading aloud and making people aware about their right to read. Reading aloud is a very basic way of starting reading in Nepal. Kindergarten schools are very based on reading aloud, which helps the students to enjoy reading and memorize it.

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This year, we let the students from our Project Based Learning (PBL) curriculum organize the program and they did a great job. They organized a reading aloud activity, citing of poems, playing drama on the theme of reading aloud, a poster presentation, a banner display and more.

We selected best 3 arts of WRAD and presented prize to the winners so as to inspire and motivate students to take part in creative field. The prize distribution was done by our Regional Director Shashi Sharma Aryal. At the end of the program Mr. Aryal also gave creative comments and special vote of thanks to all participants. Altogether 98 participants were present on that day.

Art Competition Winner

This year, we also organized different sub-activities under WRAD 2014. We organized Art Competition, Poster Presentation, Banner Display, Batch Distribution, Drama, Read Aloud Activity etc. Junkiri School organized classroom activity based on reading aloud, while the kindergarten students of Shikharapur enjoyed reading aloud, singing rhymes and reading together as well. The main event was held at Shikharapur Sustainable Farmers’ School, the Bottle House project of A School for Community (ASC).

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At the Bottle-House hall, students from all partner schools namely Setidevi Secondary School, Pharping Higher Secondary School, Arunodaya Higher Secondary School and Shikharapur Community School gathered there. Rukmini Foundation scholars from grade 5-9 from Shikharapur Community School and LitClub members from all schools were also present with their respective coordinators.

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One of the main attractions and out of the ordinary part of our read aloud activity was the reading aloud by Post Literate mothers of Women School who read Swasthani Book (a Hindu based ancient religious Nepali Novel), Nuns from Shikharapur School read their Tibetan Books (originally from Arya Tara School of Aani Chhoing Drolma, a singing Nun), and every students read books of  their interest. The PBLs students took part in drawing competition, poster presentation and drama as well.

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Finally, the program was a great success as a result of team work. Especially, the PBL team, Coordinator, Shikharapur Teachers team helped us a lot to manage the program. Every participant enjoyed the program and we hope they learn a lot. So, we hope that we became successful to spread out the importance of the reading aloud on this day. The enchanting environment during the event, active participation of the students and energetic staffs and teachers were our strength for that day.

We thank Rukmini Foundation US Team for their creative suggestions to organize this program in well manner and we would like to share our happiness with LitWorld for creating this opportunity.

To see some of the photos of this event, please see us on Flickr

Niroj Shrestha
Program Officer, Rukmini Foundation
Pharping, Nepal

Credits:

Organizer: Rukmini Foundation, Nepal Team
Master of Ceremony:
Pramesh Maharjan
Deepika Balami
Drama:
Ranjita AdhikariSameer Maharjan
Rasmita BalamiAbhishek Balami
Ugen BhattaraiPrajwala Poudel
Ruza ThapaSaurav Shrestha
Samita ShresthaNikhil Basnet
Asmita acharyaBigyan Khatri
Rebika PoudelRoshan Shrestha
And Rubi Balami
Art Winners:
1st : James Tamang
2nd : Bikram Maharjan
3rd : Abhishek Balami
Poem citing:
Rasmita Balami
Aani:
Nygma Syagbo Moktan
Niru Gurung
Post Literate Mothers:
Purna Devi Shrestha
Shiva Devi Shrestha

About Niroj Shrestha

Niroj has been managing many of the activities of A School for Community (ASC) in Nepal that has been established to not only promote formal education, but also to leverage the experiences and skills of community leaders and members to promote local development. Niroj will bring his local expertise as well as his experience in managing programs at the grassroots level. He seeks to help the foundation to continually improve the delivery of programs while also building the capacity of our Didis and local volunteers.
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