In a first-of-its-kind initiative involving government officials, books are being donated to schools in a unique library movement across Odisha. District officers in Ganjam are donating books to educational institutions, thereby bringing smiles on the students’ faces. Earlier, district collector Prem Chandra Chaudhary had requested one and all to gift books to schools instead of bouquets and diaries on the New Year, shared district education officer (DEO) Sanatan Panda.
Over 120 books in English, Hindi and Oriya were donated by Chaudhary himself to an upper primary school at Puti Gopalpur. On the same lines, block development officers of Purushottampur and Sheragada gave books to two primary schools at Tarinipalli and Sheragada respectively. The initiative has caught the attention of other state level officers too and they have expressed willingness to donate books to nearby government-run schools
It was in 2015 that the school administration, under the library movement, had launched DEAR (drop everything and read). Under the programme, schools have to allot, at least, one period every week for the kids to read books other than their textbooks. The programme is also a part of the national curriculum framework to inculcate a love for books among the students. The district had received the National Award for Innovation in Educational Administration for library movement from the Union Human Resource Development Ministry in December 2015.