State level Kahani Utsav in February
Bhopal, February 5, 2017 (Ataullah Faizan): Stories are considered a strong medium for development of language and personality in children. With this objective the Kahani Utsav was started in government schools of Madhya Pradesh on November 29 last year. Children from Class I itself were provided an opportunity to read, narrate and hear stories through the Kahani Utsav. The Utsav was celebrated in one lakh 14 thousand government schools of the School Education Department. At least 9297 children and same number of teachers were selected at district level from 3099 Jan Shiksha Kendras in the state to tell stories. Nine hundred and sixty six children and the same number teachers were selected for the district level story contest from 322 development blocks. Again, 51 teachers and 51 children from the district level contest were further selected for the state level Kahani contest. The state level Kahani Utsav will be held in Bhopal on February 20 and 21. Participants selected in the district will narrate stories on February 20 and the participants selected at the state level will narrate stories on litterateur Sumitranandan Pant Jayanti and Vishwa Matrubhasha Diwas (World Mother Tongue Day) on February 21.
Story telling genre is considered the best to familiarize oneself with folk culture, knowledge of history, language development, concentration and discipline. Kahani Utsav has been organized with the aim of creating a yearning in children to study and inculcate the habit of reading. The Suno Kahani radio programme is broadcast through Akashwani every Sunday from 10.35 -10.50 a.m. in the state.
This programme was broadcast from Akashwani 15 centres, Vanya and Azad Hind Radio. Esteemed persons narrate stories in the radio programme. After the narration, children have to answer questions and five children who give correct answers are awarded books by the School Education Department.