Audiobooks for Children

With the onset of the pandemic, resumption of regular classes in schools has been shrouded in uncertainty. As teaching moves online, it has become a necessity to enhance teaching resources. The usual textbooks need to be supported with additional online material.

With this objective in mind, PMI Kerala Chapter in April announced that it would work on audio textbooks for schoolchildren. In response to an opportunity posted on the Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS), 10 volunteers signed up to be narrators while another 15 volunteers joined for overlaying the audio with text and pictures. For the first phase of the project, it was decided to bring out audio versions of textbooks of grades 1 to 4 of Kerala state syllabus in English and Malayalam medium. A review panel consisting of teachers of government schoolswas set up. By mid-July, audio books of 60 chapters of primary school textbooks were ready for release. The official release of the audiobook was done by Dr. Srini Srinivasan, managing director, PMI India, virtually on 24 July at the inauguration of WAVES2020.

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