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30th November, New Delhi:
The Mumbai leg of a book donation drive is seeing a collection of lakhs of books for the education of underprivileged children, whoa re under the care of NGOs like Save the Children India & Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
"We are constantly looking for innovative ideas to raise funds & awareness to benefit the children," says Thomas Chandy, CEO, Save the Children."The idea of using the bookwall to benefit children from marganilised communities is very special."The Aviva Great Wall of Education, presented by Hindustan Times, is conducting a book donation drive in citis like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhhi. It wil culminate in the great bookwall of education, to be displayed at High Street Phoenix between December 2 and 5.
According to Chandy, the initiative will yield dual benefits. "Books donated int he different metros will reach the children we work with, directly or indirectly," he says. "Also, we'll raise awareness about the fundamental right of every child between 6 and 14 years of age, to have access to elementary education, so they can benefit from the Right to Education Act."