New Delhi: Angelique Foundation, the CSR arm of Angelique International Limited,inaugurated Angelique Pustakalayas in 7 Delhi Cantonment Board-run schools today. This is going to be a giant leap since in addition to 18 libraries that AIL has constructed in NDMC Schools.
This unique CSR initiative was launched by Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, (Lok Sabha, New Delhi), Ms. Jaishree Goyal, Head – CSR, Angelique International Limited graced the occasion at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel CB Sr. Secondary School in the august presence of Shri B. Reddy Shankar Babu, I.D.E.S. CEO, Delhi Cantonment Board, Shri.Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Joint Secretary (OIA-II), Shri Manoj Kumar, Under Secretary,(OIA-II) ,Ministry Of External Affairs, while a number of students and staff of the Delhi Cantonment Board also gathered. Children from different countries will also join the inauguration function courtesy Ministry of External Affairs as it will provide an excellent opportunity for all the children to know about each other and their countries and cultures.
This month onwards, the schools where these libraries have become functional and will benefit the students are: Dr. APJ Abdul Kalaam CB Sr. Secondary School; Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel CB Sr. Secondary School; Mother Teresa CB Sr. Secondary School; Smt. Indira Gandhi CB Sr. Secondary School; Dr. BR Ambedkar CB Sr. Secondary School; Mahatma Jyotiba Phule CB Sr. Secondary School; and, Silver Oak CB Model School.
It was a joyous moment for the students who were extremely happy to get an opportunity to read a wide variety of new books made available to them in the premises of their own schools. This initiative of Angelique Foundation allows the children to read in well-lit, comfortable and attractive rooms that are also furnished with new furniture, carpets, beanbags with motivational posters.
While launching the Libraries, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, (Lok Sabha, New Delhi) said“ I have been an avid reader throughout only because all successful people have reading books as one of their habits. This is one of the main reasons why I requested Ms. Jaishree Goyal of Angelique International to help me in identifying these libraries in the NDMC Schools so that we can inculcate this in the children from a very nascent age. I believe that these children will eventually help the country and be successful themselves and make the dream of ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ into a reality”.
In her address, Ms. Jaishree Goyal, CSR Head, Angelique Foundation said,” Reading is the best way to learn, and we believe that children love to read. A book that matches a child’s literacy level, and also has attractive colourful illustrations and can be read in a happy comfortable environment, would ensure that every child makes an attempt to read it. Our libraries have carefully selected books in a happy environment. I firmly believe that any child who reads becomes an adult who thinks”.
Angelique Foundation started the initiative by setting up Angelique Pustakalaya – happy functional libraries in schools and furnish them with books that are relevant to various age-groups, and thus, help in enhancing the literacy levels of these students. Angelique Foundation has especially taken upon itself to supply the libraries with inspirational books, books on Indian heritage, humor, moral values and more.
The idea behind such an initiative is to provide a warm and inviting environment where children can discover the world of imagination and knowledge while also improving their communication skills. Since ninety percent of schools for low-income groups do not have libraries, and the remaining ten percent comprise a handful of books that remain locked in cupboards, this scheme of Angelique Foundation will cater to the need for a functional library for the students.