Covid-19 pandemic and widespread school closures has profoundly changed the everyday lives of children. Amidst the nationwide lock downs in the country, the approach to children’s learning and particularly of those from the marginalized sections has been affected. More than academics the social and emotional well-being of children need to be taken care of at this time. And what better way than stories that children can read, hear and watch. To enable access to stories and other resources for children and teachers, Parag initiated ‘Hawa Mahal’ & ‘Library Khidki’ as eMagazines in the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, respectively.
Both the eMagazines are curated to ensure a selection audio visual stories, stories in pdf format, resources around art and craft that children can attempt at home, teacher resource material in the form of short videos and academic papers.
A feedback mechanism has been developed to improve the quality of both the magazines.
Initiated in collaboration with Rajasthan State Council of Educational Research & Training, Udaipur, Centre for microFinance, Jaipur and other organizations working in the field of education, Hawamahal is circulated every Saturday across Rajasthan through various channels.
A joint effort with the Department of Basic Education, Uttar Pradesh, Library Khidki is circulated twice a week on every Tuesday and Friday within the state of Uttar Pradesh. It comprises stories, poems, activities, articles and quality educational material for children and teachers through an online medium.