KATHMANDU: Educating children in a recreational way was the motive behind the event Book-a-Bee held at Moksh Restaurant, Jhamshikhel on January 23. With the participation of around 58 children from various schools of the Valley, the day-long event was filled with fun and laughter as teachers and children’s author Simon Arthy shared their ways of learning. Moreover, this event was also a fundraiser for the Esther Benjamins Memorial Trust.
“This is our first attempt where we aim to enrich reading and writing habits of children in a more interesting way. Promoting children’s books and making them aware about the wonderful world of literature is our second motive,” said Suvani Singh, the event’s promoter. “This effective teaching and learning method is hardly found in schools today. From this point of view too we feel grateful to be a part of this novel educating scheme,” she added.
The hall was filled with children’s laughter and voices. Numerous children books were put on display which some parents found interesting.
Ian Joshi, a Class IV student of The British School, who had come with his mother, was very happy with the event.
“Children always find reason and time to watch television and cartoon shows so being interested in reading and writing is difficult to them. I am here with my son and he is very happy today,” shared his mother Soni Joshi.
“I learned a pirate song, story of a magic tree house, and also the 1990 BS earthquake in Nepal,” said Ian.
Story telling, creative writing, singing had the children engaged in fun activities the whole day. As for children above 12 years of age, they participated in the ‘Walk the Walk’ heritage walk in the morning where they got a tour around Patan Durbar Square.
Arthy, whose children’s book Jack and Betty and the Yak and Yeti, was also on display, shared his teaching methods during the afternoon. “It is important to exercise the imagination power of children early on. Book reading and writing can be the best way to do so,” shared Arthy.