The State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) will hold training sessions for School Management Committee (SMC) members on October 15 and provide them with requisite material for organising ‘Reading Melas’ on all Sundays till Children’s Day on November 14. The deadline of November 14 has been set up by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia by when every student of Class 6 to 8 in government schools should be able to read.
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The Delhi government said the preparation for the ‘Every Child Can Read’ programme has entered into its decisive phase and ‘Reading Melas’ began today on pilot basis and over 250 melas will take place on all Sundays till November 14.
It said after ‘Every Child Can Read’ plan was unveiled by the Directorate of Education, government schools are making all efforts possible to ensure that each and every child from Class 6 to 8 will be able to read grade-level textbooks by this Children’s Day – a target set by Sisodia last month.
Regarding the programme, Sisodia said that efforts to transform education require active support from members of the community from where the children come.
“If an environment of academic rigour and learning is created, children will be encouraged to pursue educational prowess. ‘Reading Melas’ will bring together schools, parents, children and the community in non-classroom spaces for the first time,” he said.
‘Reading Melas’ will be conducted by volunteers identified by SMC members and will be organised in community spaces or schools, where students and their parents will jointly work on ensuring the children’s ability to read.
The government said it is committed to enhance the condition of schools run by it so that affordable, quality education is available to all and ‘Chunauti 2018’ and ‘Every Child Can Read’ programmes are two of the most important steps in that direction.
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