Daya Foundation participated at the 22nd Nepal International Book Fair. Our primary goal was to educate, inform and inspire children to read. We collaborated with recognized private schools and organizations so they could share their resources and knowledge of quality children’s literature with marginalized government school students. Daya Foundation also partnered with educational professionals and organizations who contributed to the holistic development of children. With Canopy Nepal, a Panel Discussion on “Re-thinking Education Accountability” was held, consisting of panelists: Dr. Hari Prasad Lamsal (Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Education) Mr. Dhananjay Sharma Adhikari (a well-known educationist) Mr. Niranjan Kunwar (an experienced educational consultant), and Mr. Pramod Bhatta (Nepal education system researcher and lecturer of Sociology). The discussion was very informative with several important conclusions reached for the entire education community to follow up on.
As our government school students are primarily limited to their course text books, our main objective was to expose them to the vast array of both Nepali and English children’s books that will help expand their perspectives of the world about them. With the majority of them having lost the enthusiasm for reading and learning, we believe that bringing them to the Nepal International Book Fair, and introducing them to a world of authors, publishers, and illustrators, will instill an excitement to read and learn throughout their lives. Our theme for this year’s book fair was, “Padaun Ra Ramaun”, wherein we engaged the children in quality book based activities, visual arts and writing held at our Children’s Pavilion, “Katha Kala Kendra”.