For providing libraries to develop reading habit among students, the Basic Research Education and Development (BREAD), a voluntary organisation, has identified 10 schools which are qualified for the Central Government-sponsored National Merit cum Means Scholarship (NMMS) in the Krishna district.

The BREAD organisation is actively involved in inculcating reading habit among schoolchildren considering the importance and significance of such a skill to be developed in their early stages. Under this scheme, each selected school is given 500 books meant for children's reading, an issuing register and a book case.

BREAD project director Raavi Sarada says that a total of 227 NMMS qualified Zilla Parishad and aided high schools have been identified in the State and at least 60 schools would be provided with libraries by the end of June on first come first serve basis. NMMS qualification is given to a school based on the faring of its students at a national level examination conducted for students of class 8.

The schools identified for developing BREAD libraries in the district are those located at Kappaladoddi, Pedana, Nadakuduru, Challapalli, Patamata Lanka, Patamata, Vallurupalem, Guidivada and Cheemalapadu. The NMMS qualified school at Penamaluru has already been provided with a BREAD library and the students there are making good use of the books.

The BREAD functionaries have made it conditional that their libraries should be provided only at the Zilla Parishad or aided schools so that the needy and poor students would derive the maximum benefit out of this exercise. Besides 10 schools in Krishna district, the organisation has identified 12 NMMS qualified schools in Guntur district, six in West Godavari, 11 in East Godavari, 2 in Vizianagaram and so on. The organisation takes special care in enabling the students to make best use of the libraries by nominating an interested teacher to supervise the activities. Issuing library books for home reading is also an important aspect and this would be encouraged by taking students into confidence.

  • 60 schools in the State would be provided with libraries by the end of June

  • 10 schools have been identified in Krishna district