TISS Report on BREAD Children’s Library program
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad conducted a field research study of BREAD Children’s library program sponsored by WATIS (Wipro Applying Thought In Schools) and Report was submitted in October 2017.
1. BREAD libraries are the “largest network of school libraries in the country”.
2. Extremely impressive achievements both in terms of the operational model as well as its many positive effects.
3. Cost effectiveness and efficiency are the hallmark of the program.
4. Remarkable range of age appropriate books better than govt. school library books.
5. It was only through BREAD library that students borrowed books for the first time to take them home and read.
6. Teachers created interest among students in reading books catalyzing their academic and overall development.
7. Parents, siblings and friends too showed interest in books borrowed home by the children.
8. The importance of having such BREAD libraries in rural schools in particular cannot be overemphasized since the possibilities of accessing reading materials in the villages either do not exist or are very limited.
9. Helped in school activities ranging from speeches given by students in morning assembly and in inter and intra school competitions to developing projects for mandatory continuous and comprehensive assessments.
10. The presence of the library in fact has enabled schools to engage their students in constructive ways during unscheduled “free” slots that surface at times due to a teacher’s absence.
11. Showed that interesting age appropriate books make a difference in reading culture, not necessarily expensive books.
12. The model has multiple features.
Visits to BREAD Children’s Libraries
To assess the performance of BREAD Children’s Libraries, our Members visit schools in various districts. These reports reflect the factual situation as obtained at that time. Visits to schools help us understand the problems involved in the implementation of the program.
Field visits to the libraries set up in 2009-10 and 2010-11 has resulted in observing that there was need to improve the performance of library schools. It was then decided to select schools for setting up libraries in an objective manner and arrived at the norm of selecting schools securing 6 or more National Means cum Merit Scholarships (NMMS) in a year. This has proved to be the correct decision as we are achieving far better success with our library program in NMMS schools.
Apart from the field visits by BREAD Society Volunteers, anyone can contact the library teacher or headmaster of any BREAD library school by making a telephone call and ascertain the position with regard to using the library facility by the students. Contact numbers and email ids of library schools are in the district-wise list of libraries under “Reports”.
Two field studies were conducted by BREAD Society to ascertain the economic backwardness of the families of the selected scholars. The first study was conducted in January/February 2004 and the second study was conducted three years later between January and March 2007.