They do not have smartphones. They do not have access to online classes. They do not have access to any mental activity. They are underprivileged children in the age group of 7 to 14 and they are substantial in number.
With the pandemic continuing to play havoc, these children have nothing to do in the absence of school. To engage them for some time during the day, All the Round Table & Ladies Circle India Chapters in Area 6 (Bangalore, Vellore, Tumkur & Hosur) have come together and supported the initiative of Bangalore Titans Round Table 222 & Bangalore Titans Ladies Circle 122 in curating the workbooks, specially designed for children in the age group of 7 to 14. Total 10000 books have been printed at a total cost of over 5 lakhs.
“Each of these multi lingual workbooks comprises basic puzzles, number activity, word activity and coloring pages, in all totaling 50 pages. The workbooks are designed in such a way that the children can ignite their minds in a small way”, said Dhiren C Ashok , Chairman of Bangalore Titans Round Table 222. “It is one of our initiatives to ensure that underprivileged children do not give up on education for want of classes. Along with physical activity at home, if children are engaged in mental activity, we believe it will keep them gainfully occupied.”
Under the project, about 10,000 workbooks have been printed and distributed along with crayon sets with some partner organizations such as Soroptimist International of Bangalore as well as some other generous individuals and organizations who believe in change for education. The workbooks are presently being distributed in large slums of Bangalore, Mysore, Chikmangalur, Chennai, Vellore and also remote areas of Jharkhand as well as many parts of India.
Ms. Vidya Rai Shetty , Chairperson, Bangalore Titans Ladies Circle 122 said, “As part of the ongoing RTI Week and under the Tare Zameen Par project, we distributed 600 sets of books and crayons to underprivileged children In a slum in GD Mara colony in Bangalore South. Kannada film actor Samyukta Hornad was the chief guest for the distribution of these books . Mr. Karthik Reddy of BTM Layout helped put together this event for Round Table & Ladies Circle India.
Besides this , in Bommanahalli ward, about 800 sets of books were distributed under the aegis of Ms. Sanjana, a KAS official. The projects of the Round Tablers have also been supported by Advaith Kia.”
Round Table India, is an organisation of non-political and non-sectarian young men between the age group of 18 and 40, promoting service, fellowship and goodwill in national and international affairs. Working towards the education of underprivileged children, till date, 7141 classrooms have been built across India in 3041 schools, impacting over 78 lakhs children.
Ladies Circle India, is non-political and non-sectarian Organisation with membership open to only the wives of members Round Table India. It offers opportunities for serving the community, for fostering and strengthening friendships between like-minded young women and helps create a better understanding of the obligations one owes to the society. Ladies Circle India comprises of over 1600 members with 114 active Circles spread across India, present in 19 States and 57 cities.