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Children constitute around 40% of our population under the age of 18 years. Despite the right to study, there is a decline in reading and math skills. 51.8% of Std 5 children cannot read a Std 2 level …
Children constitute around 40% of our population under the age of 18 years. Despite the right to study, there is a decline in reading and math skills. 51.8% of Std 5 children cannot read a Std 2 level text. Almost 41% of children drop out before they finish Class VIII. Among various reasons for this drop out, lack of proper learning environment is the most impacting factor. Children library system in India has been a subject of neglect at both central and state level. There are some scattered initiatives in the private sectors in the development of children library and promoting early reading habit in children. We have yet to see any concrete effort in this direction. The Right to Education Act 2009 mandates that each recognized school must have library facilities. There continues to be a significantly large proportion of schools without library facilities. We need to prioritize this sector by strictly implementing the norms and bringing in further legislation to support and encourage every single effort to open children libraries. Children library can play a crucial role in preparing future knowledge citizens of India. The long term outcome of inculcating early reading habit among children is that children become
knowledgeable, active, alert and enlightened citizens of tomorrow.