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Kahani Mela 2017

‘Kahani Mela’ was organized by Organization for Early Literacy Promotion (OELP) in 3 villages of Kalyanipura, Patan and Chundari on respective dates 25th, 27th and 29th May’ 2017. The motive of these fairs was to reconnect children with the world of books through engaging them in various related activities and tasks. The main thing about these three events is that the community was actively involved in these fairs. Many arrangements were made in the villages of Kalyanipura, Patan and Chundari with the help of Sarpanch and community, in which the youth, children and the elderly from the village also took part in arranging for tents, food and presentation for the event.

This event included not only role plays, puppet shows and poem recitations, but various other activities were taken up to connect children with story books and facilitate their overall development. Also, during the preparation of the event for the last one month, students were encouraged to know about the history of their village and gather local village stories from their elders to connect them with their cultural roots

Kahani Mela was divided into 3 interactive sections which are Padho, where a small library was created so that children and adults could come and read books peacefully; Dekho, which included display of material made by students like story boards, three dimensional storybooks, best out of waste, puppets, map of the village, history of the village, interactive charts and various other things; and Karo, where children and youth could come and engage in various interesting activities like drawing, painting, puzzle solving, story making from words etc.

Various guests like village Sarpanch, School Management Committee members, government officials, members from Social Work and Research Center, Tiloniya arrived to attend the events. Members from NGOs like Pratham, Eklavya and Manthan, and members from American Indian Foundation also attended the event along with Delhi and Gujarat volunteers who gave their support in working with children and organizing the event.

Kahani Mela 2017 Invitation Poster

 

A peep into the kahani mela 2017

Kitabon ka Khazana

Sometimes an email can make you just jump in glee and book your tickets to Kishangarh, in Rajasthan, that too in these hot summer days!!! Especially if the subject box says ‘Kahani Mela’ So when Jaya sent me this email I just couldn’t resist myself to join in this effort initiated by Organisation for Early Literacy Promotion (OELP), an organisation working with Government schools of Kishangarh block in Ajmer District, Rajasthan. The Ajmer Shatabdi brought me to the city.
OELP, which has been working with children in Kishan Garh block for a decade, is organizing Kahani Mela, a celebration of stories in three different villages. Kahani Mela is the culmination of a long process of connecting children and the community with the world of books. These village communities have volunteered to help organize this mela in which children from different villages will present their learnings through drama, puppet shows, songs, art, games and other creative forms, wherein over 5000 people will participate for over three days .
After the train ride, I head to the field with a stopover for an RnR (rest and recuperate) At Kakniyawas, Shabana, the first post graduate of the village, and her team show us the books that they have created over the last few days, to be displayed at the mela. There is a big one “Kakniyawas ka Itihas”. Simran, Taleem, Imran and others have organised a play Unt ke Ande. Simran as Guppu Chacha is narrating the story. Sonal, Shabana and others also have significant roles too. We are sitting in a dilapidated haveli, a structure that has seen better days and has withstood the test of time.
OELP members teach in 10 villages of Kishangarh Block engaging with about 6000 children and youth. Members teach grades 1st and 2nd wherein story books are the central means of teaching. This enables students at this very young age to read and write with clarity. Children as early as age 5 and 6 create their own story books and learn to narrate them too.
Libraries are crucial to the work that OELP does. In these 10 villages there are six libraries with the central library being situated in Patan. It is housed in a two roomed building that has been offered free of cost to OELP by the village Panchayat. The libraries are home to a total of about 20,000 books including about 1500 in English.
In 2008 OELP started with the intent on bringing books to people. Motorcycle borne members would sit on the village chaupal to talk to villagers and encourage them to read.
Books open a window to the world; they make readers take flight into the unknown. Stories also bind communities. Children and youth (age 12 to 16 years of age) are encouraged by OELP to discover stories of their community, their history and their present. With the village elders they investigate their past agricultural and irrigation practices, clothes that they used to wear and talk about the current practices and the reasons behind them.

Mother Introducing her child to world of books

Some interesting stories that have emerged through the years are narrated to me. The first television that came to a village years ago was won in a lottery. Four grazier brothers wrote a fabulous book with illustration on how they found their lost goat following goat droppings. The illustrations tell the tale with great details.
Children also produce wall newspapers which they put up in the central part of the village. These are investigative reports of villages – talking about social ills too. These newspapers also carry the stories that children have written.
So does this enthuse enough to be with us at Kishangarh…
On 25th May, 2017, from 3pm to 7pm, Kahani Mela will be in Kalyanipura, North of Rupalgarh in the Kishangarh Block of Ajmer District .
On the 27th May, 2017, from 3pm to 7pm, Kahani Mela will be in Patan Village in the Kishangarh Block of Ajmer District (located on the Jaipur – Ajmer highway at a distance of 15 kms from Kishangarh).

Story telling session

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OELP’S IN-HOUSE WORKSHOP FOR ENGAGING WITH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

A three day in-house workshop was organised by OELP in the month of January. The participants included the field coordinators; the school based and library teams and volunteers. It was a group of about 30 people. The focus of this workshop was on facilitating a deeper engagement with children’s literature.

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We chose to focus on literature in the story and narrative forms. The main idea was to build personal connections between literature and our own lives and worlds and work as a “community of readers”.  We wanted the participants to move beyond “reading for meaning” and explore the deeper aspects and multiple layers of some of the stories as thoughtful and engaged readers.

 

 

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Ambedkar University Delhi – MA first year ( Education ) students visit

Ambedkar University Delhi – MA first year ( Education ) students visited  OELP BSKs and libraries from the 20th to 22nd December 2015

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glimpse of some of the responses on this experience from a few students and a faculty member

I learnt that it is essential for a child to read with comprehension and to be able to connect to his/her experiences and to make reading meaningful for the child. It is also important for children to enjoy reading and take it up as a meaningful activity which they enjoy. The strategies that OELP adopts in the classrooms and the activities woven around them are commendable. Keep up the good work.

-( Simranjeet Kaur )

 

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Art Creative Expressions and Book Making

Art, Creative Expressions and Book Making

A three day workshop on “Art, Creative Expressions and Book Making” was organised by OELP from the 21st to 23rd of August 2015 at Nallu village and was attended by our village library members from Patan, Kankniawas , Phaloda and Chundri villages. The participating  children were in the age group of 10 to 14 years.  The idea behind this creative workshop was to enhance the available creative skills and help these children to pick up the skills of story writing and book making. The idea of the workshop is to ultimately equip them to create their own books which can initially be shared within the OELP libraries, and at a later point of time perhaps even with a wider audience.

For the detail report please see the link below

Art, Creative Expressions and Book Making

 

Addressing children with a triple disadvantage

OELP’s Experience suggests that children from marginalized backgrounds enter school with a triple disadvantage as compared to their peers from more advantageous backgrounds:

1) Oracy to literacy with practically no support at home or in their social environments

2) Home language to school language with very little support within the school programme to facilitate this transition in meaningful and thought out ways.

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Organisation for Early Literacy Promotion (OELP)
B2 -2198 Vasant kunj
New Delhi 110 070, India
Phone: 011-40606221

Field Office:
408/2 Anasagar Ghati Ganj
Ajmer 305001
Rajasthan, India
Phone: 0145-2431675

Email: oelpliteracy@yahoo.in