It appears that book reading culture is on its way out from our society in general and children in particular. If this challenge of dying book reading habits is not taken head-on, no wonder the habit would be lost once and for all from amongst our younger generation.
The District Administration Bahwalpur has decided to intervene at the level of class 5 in public schools. The students will be compulsorily exposed to book reading for a period of one year at the end of which, it is expected, that a good percentage is likely to have developed the book reading habit and continue it for the rest of their lives.
Partnership has been established with Ferozsons, the largest and oldest book publishers in the country, who have not only agreed to provide their magazine and books at extremely concessional prices but have also vowed to help establish small libraries in public schools by donating a large number of books, free of cost, every month.
The project will be led by Urdu teachers at school level. Each primary class will be divided into groups of 4 children and each group will be provided one copy of magazine, Taleem-o-Tarbiat, on the beginning of every month. Each of these 4 children will keep the possession of the magazine for one week. Thus in 28 days, entire class would have gotten the opportunity to read the magazine. The rest of 2-3 days will be utilized by the teacher who will arrange discussion among the children on the contents of the magazine and the learnings they have had.
Bahawalpur District Administration Intiatives