I am Adithi Manohar (MAE14003) and was in the batch that recently graduated (2014-16). I now work with the School for Democracy in Rajasthan, which is an organisation started by the same people who founded Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS).
The School for Democracy(SFD)-Loktantrashala is a non-formal educational institution dedicated to promoting and deepening democratic education and learning in India. It is conceived as a space that will enable eclectic groups of adult learners from diverse social and educational backgrounds to learn about the theory and practice of a functioning democracy in the context of the Constitution of India. The school undertakes varied activities including trainings, workshops, lectures, cultural events, public assemblies, exhibitions as an attempt to facilitate and promote democratic understanding and awareness.The founding members were: Jean Dreze, Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Chunni Singh, Lal Singh, Shankar Singh, Sushila, who were joined by many others from within and outside the geographical area and realms of work.
We are initiating a Community Library Program wherein libraries will be opened in villages across Bhilwara and rajsamand district of Rajasthan. The people residing in these villages , especially the children often have little to no access to quality reading material and learning. they also live in very harsh conditions, and thus we wish for these space to be one where they have a variety of materials to engage with and they associate it with happiness and learning.
The alumni association is an ideal space for us to spread word as there maybe individuals working with organisations or people who support such initiatives. We would be grateful if you could spread the word and support us in your own special ways.
Please find attached a concept letter of the Community Library Program.