Mottainai Grandma Rides Delhi Metro
“Mottainai Grandma Rides Delhi Metro”
Spreading the joy of reading through joy of riding….
Primary school children learn about hygiene & environmental best practices through Storytelling
New Delhi, June 4, 2018: The National Book Trust (NBT) in collaboration with Kodansha Ltd. a Japanese publishing house and its project implementation partner in India, IJ Kakehashi Services Pvt. Ltd. (IJK) today organized a storytelling session for children, with support from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Children’s picture book ‘Mottainai Grandma’, was published in India by NBT under a license agreement with Kodansha. This picture book was narrated at the event to over 100 primary school students. Schools that participated in this unique story telling program included Muni International School, Bal Bharti Public School - Dwarka, Vidya Anand Niketan – Dwarka, Swaranjali Vidya Mandir - Khanpur and a few NGOs that work for children with special needs.
The objective of the event was to promote environmental awareness amongst children and people across the society through interesting storytelling methodology. Just on the eve of UN World Environment Day which is celebrated all over the world on 5th June, there could not have been a better opportunity to educate children about the importance of environment and significance of respecting nature and resources.
The event was conducted inside a metro train at the Dwarka Metro station and was attended by nearly 150 participants including school students, some of their parents, teachers and officials from DMRC, NBT, JICA, Kodansha and IJK.
Mr Kumar Vikram , Editor , NBT, welcomed the children and urged them to be sensitive towards environment and take care of our resources. He emphasized on the need for having such informative picture books educating kids about environment and hygiene.
Mr Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communication, DMRC, spoke about the special environment friendly initiatives of Delhi Metro. He was specially apreciative about the organizers of this event as it coincides with the World Environment Day.
Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA, India, expressed his happiness to be with children and spoke about deep friendshio between India and Japan and driven by this friendship Mr Sakamoto reiterated commitment if JICA to work towards social impact and developmental projects in India. He also specially emphasized the importance of improving health and hygiene in society.
Ms Jaishree Sethi who conducted the story telling session, used innovative ways to engage with the students. The kids grasped with rapt attention the interesting stories told during the session and took away valuable learnings about health, hygiene and thoughtful waste management.Mottainai Grandma book is very useful, especially in the Indian context. The concept of this book is in line with the message of Swachh Bharat Mission and it advocates the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi.