Kozhikode district administration helps set up home libraries for disabled children
Schools and educational centres across India are celebrating Reading Week. Kozhikode in Kerala is doing it in a unique and informative way. All thanks to the District Collector’s office!
Officials are creating a home library for disabled kids in Kozhikode. Each home library will host at least 100 books. NGOs and volunteers have been roped in to collect books and share it with the disabled children in the district. Initially the project was aimed at students until class 8. Now, it has been extended up to class 12.
This is the second phase of the initiative Koottukoodan Pusthakachangathi (Books are Friends). It has been developed under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan initiative of the central government. This project was launched last year. More than 360 disabled children have benefitted from this. The aim is to now help 1,000 students to have their own home libraries, opening up a world of knowledge, creativity, and learning.
Officials will soon set up libraries at the children’s ward of the Government Medical College Hospital at Kozhikode, and all the taluk hospitals as well. The government plans to extend this initiative to other parts of Kerala.