CBSE launches reading mission across 25,000 schools

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is launching a two year “Reading Mission” across 25,000 schools with the aim of encouraging students to actively engage with learning and foster the love of reading, reported The Federal. The CBSE reading mission is being launched today, in partnership with Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver, and Central Square Foundation. The schools which are part of this mission will have access to English and Hindi literature available on StoryWeaver. Children from class I to VIII will be part of this programme.

“The Board would offer a number of student enrichment activities focused on language building during this Mission to enhance reading skills of students… In line with recommendations of the NEP 2020, under this mission, the schools and teachers shall have access to a repository of quality English and Hindi children’s storybooks and supplementary resources for Classes VI to VIII. Besides this, the CBSE would be extending the CBSE Reading Challenge (English and Hindi), presently organized for students of classes VIII-X to students of classes VI- VII. The Reading Mission will help build a culture of reading and the wholesome development of students by enhancing their vocabulary, deriving connections between stories and their own lives, and exposing them to new ideas,” the CBSE statement read, according to the report.

It has also been reported that CBSE chairman Manoj Ahuja will launch this mission on Monday (September 20) at 3 pm. This programme will also include a teachers’ webinar on fostering a culture for reading in schools. Ahuja would be joined by many educationists, including, Joseph Emanuel, Director (Academics), CBSE, CEO of Pratham Educational Foundation Rukmini Banerji, Professor Shailaja Menon, Azim Premji University, and Vishal Talreja, Co-Founder, Dream a Dream, at the inauguration of the event.

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