Education is the movement from darkness to light. Many pupils in India are always in darkness because they don’t have access to the books needed to educate themselves. There is another side of India where people have the books but are discarded after they have been used only once. Book donation is a way to bridge this gap and give the underprivileged access to much needed books.
India is a young country. It has world’s largest student base with 31.5 crore students, according to 2011 census. A huge chunk of them are marginal workers who have to work part time to fund their education. These people have to support their families and make ends meet while spending time and money on their education. Book donation can be of a huge help to them and with very minor effort from donors.
Often, in order to get away from the hassles involved in book donation, the privileged crowd discard the barely used books by giving them away for recycling. In order to make productive use of these books and simplifying the process for donors, Qriyo, India’s first managed home tuition app, has introduced10000books, an initiative to collect books from people who want to donate them for free. With their logistics partner OLA, they collect the books and ensure that they distributed to the people who need them. The person who donates the books can track the end use of their books. More than 7 lakh books have been donated by about 26000 people, so far. They have a pick up service in most metros and Tier 1 cities. By just logging in to 10000books.in one can create a request by providing details about the number of books and their subjects.
Apart from 10000 books, there are several other NGO’s which operate book banks that also require participation in form of book donations. A majority of schools in India don’t have libraries and these book banks provide the students of these schools respite in form of free access to books.
The Punjab government has set up an example by starting an initiative wherein the students in government schools won’t have to buy books as they will setup book banks at each school. However, there are many students in the country who do not benefit from this as yet. Individual involvement will not only ensure more and accurate development in this area but also fasten the process.
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