Kathmandu: Sharada Municipality organized Reading Mela in Salyan on Monday with the aim to connect children with the world of imagination through books and storytelling.
This festival was held at Tribhuvan Jana Secondary School in Saradha Municipality-2 Several stalls with children’s storybooks on display were available for visitors to enjoy while engaging in reading activities, according to the organizer.
Sharda Municipality in Salyan has a total of 69 schools (58 public and 11 private). The municipality has introduced a 10-year education plan for the development and improvement of the education sector.
Room to Read, a nonprofit working to create a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality has provided technical and financial assistance to the government in raising awareness about the importance of access to fun storybooks for children to learn to read and love to read.
“The festival’s goal was to raise awareness about the importance of libraries, children’s storybooks, and, most importantly, the habit and love of reading,” said Dinesh Sangel, program lead for Room to Read’s literacy program. ”During the day-long festival, visitors interacted with several Nepali authors enjoyed reading sessions in an open library, and learned how to read stories to children.” According to him, such activities were aimed at developing a habit of learning for students.
In Nepal, Room to Read has covered more than 3.9 million children under its program. The organization has been implementing literacy programs in Nuwakot, Palpa, Syangja, Salyan, and Tanahun. Similarly, the organization has been implementing the Girls’ Education Program in Banke, Tanahun, Gorkha, and Nuwakot districts.