Express news service
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid the healthcare responsibilities of Covid, a panchayat is making serious efforts to avoid boredom for his children who miss out on schools and outdoor games. After providing home mini-libraries to 200 students, the Pullampara grama panchayat now distributes toy boxes to approximately 1,200 primary school students.
“We are doing our part to make the children happy. Most of them have been confined to their homes since the start of the pandemic last year. The toy box will be a relief for them, ”said Panchayat Chairman Rajesh PV. All elementary and upper elementary school students living in the panchayat, regardless of the location of their school or their family’s economic status, will be given the toy box. Rajesh said the box contains fun and learning toys like a snake and a ladder, a ludo, chess, a jump rope and a ball. In addition, first cycle elementary school students will receive “bricks and blocks” and second cycle elementary students a Chinese tangram.
The idea was conceived by the 46-year-old panchayat president. Twenty percent of the cost of the project is covered by the panchayat and the rest by the IT company QBurst as part of its CSR initiative.
“Each box contains items worth around Rs 500. The cost of the project would be between Rs 4.5 and Rs 5 lakh,” Rajesh said. As part of the home library project, fully funded by the panchayat, a beautiful bookshelf and books were distributed to 200 children chosen by the local grama sabhas. The cost of the project was Rs 3.25 lakh. The panchayat has also launched a mobile library for children and adults. Free membership is offered and each of the 15 parishes has an average of 100 subscribers.