GURUGRAM: Pratham Books Foundation, in partnership with Cisco announced supporting over 100 Government schools across the district of Gurugram with mobile STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Libraries.
Each library kit would include more than 100 books in both English and Hindi language providing young minds with an experiential learning platform and to encourage an avid reading habit amongst children.
To landmark the announcement, Mr. Harish Krishnan, Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements, Cisco handed over a library kit to Mr. Amit Khatri, Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram in the presence of Mr. Himanshu Giri, CEO, Pratham Books.
Pratham Books is non-profit publisher creating engaging storybooks in multiple languages and formats to help children discover the joy of reading – in languages they can understand, set in locations they can recognize, featuring characters with whom they can identify, and telling stories that capture their attention and fuel their imagination.
As part of the partnership with Cisco, they have developed 85 unique titles over a time-span of three years, in nine different Indian languages. Some of the books include –Math at the Melawhich provides an introduction to skip counting,Password Pleaseprovides an introduction to cybersecurity, explaining the importance of passwords to keep data safe andWho Drives the Driverless Car? Explains the concept of navigation done by computers to drive a car.
Amit Khatri, Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram, said, “Making these books available in local languages will further increase the chances of wide adoption. I am confident these libraries will add to our efforts to make our students more capable and competent.”
Harish Krishnan, Managing Director, Cisco India said, “Through this partnership with Pratham, we wish to fill classrooms with colourful illustrations, localized content in Indian languages, and exposure to simple concepts that are important in a Digital Era. ”
Himanshu Giri, CEO, Pratham Books said “Libraries in a hundred primary schools in Gurugram will help thousands of children benefit from reading, learning, and exploring the world around them.”