It was a matter of great pride when Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released a set of 50 Urdu story books for children at a function organised at the Triveni Kala Sangam auditorium in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.
The function was organised by Pratham, a local NGO working to improve the quality of education among India’s urban and rural poor children, which reaches out to 8 lakh beneficiaries through its “Read India” campaign.
In a press release, the NGO’s state coordinator Roopinder Dhaliwal said the function was attended by children of Urdu-medium schools of Delhi, education workers from different parts of the country and distinguished scholars of Urdu literature.
The Vice-President, in his speech, said the books reminded him of his childhood and suggested that the cost of such books be kept low in order to ensure that they reach one and all.
Professor Anwar Moazzam, a scholar from Osmania University, and Parveen Sayyed of the NGO led the initiative to develop the books based on stories originally written in the 1970s.
Roopinder Dhaliwal added that Pratham planned to expand its campaign by publishing another set of 100 children books in the future.
Image Source: ArtisteInconnu