Indian Reading League to improve Delhi kids’ vocabulary

July 10th, 2008 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) In a bid to improve the reading capability of schoolchildren, a Delhi-based NGO Thursday launched the Indian Reading League in the capital - an initiative which aims to make the kids’ vocabulary richer by as much as 600 words. Parvinder Kaur, project director of Katha whose brainchild this initiative is, said the programme is an attempt to fill the lacunae left behind by the classroom teaching in government schools in Delhi.

“Most of the children studying in government schools have a poor vocabulary. Even those in class 7,8 or 9 can’t construct a proper sentence, which is a matter of great concern. This project - the Indian Reading League - is an attempt to fill those lacunae,” Kaur told IANS.

The project has been launched in 50 slums in Delhi. A group, typically constituting 50 children will form a league, in each of these slums who will be taught by the NGO members.

The children will decide the name of their league themselves.

“Each group will have 50 children, in the age group of 3-13. Since all these children already attend school, they know the alphabets. We will try to improve their vocabulary and make it richer by at least 600 words.

“Of course we are talking about Hindi words here, since mostly the medium of teaching in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools is Hindi,” Kaur said.

According to Kaur, 20 leagues have already been formed. The rest will be formed soon. Approximately, the project will be completed in two years time since the school going children will not have enough time to attend these sessions everyday.

“Katha has been working with children and on reading methodology for 19 years now. Therefore, we have adopted the reading kit which has proved successful with other groups earlier,” she said.

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