Sachin Tendulkar Inaugurates 50th Pearson Foundation Library in Mumbai

04 June 2012

Pearson Foundation is the ‘Learning Partner’ for this national initiative, providing support for teachers and helping to outfit classrooms and libraries in 100 schools across the nation.

Pearson Foundation today inaugurated the 50th library during the school dedication ceremony in Priyadarshini Vidyamandir School, Mumbai under the Support My School Campaign. The Pearson Foundation library was inaugurated by Sachin Tendulkar, who has been associated with the campaign since its inception last year, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pearson Foundation is the ‘Learning Partner’ for this national initiative, providing support for teachers and helping to outfit classrooms and libraries in 100 schools across the nation.

Speaking on the occasion, Khozem Merchant, President – Pearson India said “We are deeply honored that Sachin took time out to look at the work our Foundation has been doing in schools as part of this campaign. Our library project has been an extraordinary success with students spending quality time reading books outside of their curriculum, some for the very first time.”

He added “We are proud to have stuck to our promise of setting up a library in each of the 100 schools and this is another testimony of our commitment to improving lives through learning.”

Present at the occasion, Mangesh Lad, Principal, Priyadarshini Vidyamandir School, said, “A library equipped with over 600 books was a long-cherished dream and with the help of ‘Support My School’ campaign and Pearson Foundation, we are finally seeing this translate into reality. The response from the kids has been heartening and they are looking forward to reading books including The Ramayana, Stories of the Budha, Stories of Tenali Raman, Sindbad, Aladdin among others. I congratulate Pearson Foundation for this wonderful initiative that will ensure access for students to basic literary facilities like library.”

Pearson Education has been working with a focused approach to create better learning environment in schools across the nation. This association with ‘Support My School’ campaign has enabled them to to bring a difference in the lives of many young children. In these 50 schools, spread across Haryana, West Bengal, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, where the library work has been completed, the outcomes are extremely encouraging. There has been a remarkable ascend in the attendance levels of the children and now kids are seen spending more time in the school reading folk tales, Amar Chitra Katha etc.

The ‘Support My School’ campaign was created by NDTV and Coca-Cola in association with NGO partners, UN-Habitat, CAF and Sulabh International. The campaign initially aimed to develop healthy, active and happy schools in rural India through improvement of basic amenities. With Pearson Foundation’s participation, each of the schools supported now have the capacity to improve teaching and learning as well.

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.

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