Garung Thuk NGO handing over books to government schools on Republic Day. Credit: EastMojo Image

Itanagar: The Garung Thuk Library of Arunachal Pradesh has been adjudged as one of the winners in the India Reading Olympiad 2020 held in Hyderabad recently.

The community library was declared the winner in the ‘Innovative Library Format’ category.

Garung Thuk library

Garung Thuk deputy chairman Dorjee K Thungon received the award on behalf of the NGO on January 26 on the sidelines of the Hyderabad Literary Festival.

Organised by Food4thoughtfoundation, the India Reading Olympiad is a competition held across India in 13 different categories. The competition aims at encouraging reading habits among the masses.

Garung Thuk library

The Garung Thuk Library is a community library run by the Garung Thuk NGO which is based in Shergaon under West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Through this library, children of remote villages have access to quality books besides their regular textbooks.

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The library so far has benefited thousands of children from several villages of West Kameng district.

The library which was inaugurated by a nursery kid caught attention because of the activities which the management have included other than books to read. The library consists of nature club (in which training on conservation of nature is given), exhibition of ancestral or cultural exhibits, craft making workshops, Buddhist classes (as people of the area are believers of Buddhism).

The Garung Thuk NGO was on the other hand formed by a few young like-minded tribal people working in different fields and with the vision to work for sustainable village development. The organisation currently works on community library for tribal children, Sherdukpen (local tribe) traditional museum, has adopted a river stretch for trout fish ranching also monitors and carries out research on the fish species.

Garung Thuk deputy chairman Dorjee K Thungon receiving the award

Besides this, the NGO helps tribal children to learn folk dances like Azu Lampu, Yak/ Bird/ Deer, Mask dance and also works closely with women on weaving and marketing of tribal bags, scarfs, etc.

Speaking with EastMojo, Thungon said that to mark this year’s Republic Day celebrations, the library handed over several books to various government schools.

Children at a digital classroom

Getting quality books is very difficult, hence, we have collaborated with Pratham book’s “donate-a-book” campaign, Thungon said.

Thungon said that the Garung Thuk NGO is planning to expand its library to other villages soon.

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