Abdul Kalam’s Birthday, Oct 15, to Be Celebrated as No-Bags Day for Children in Maharashtra


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Maharashtra schools have decided to remember APJ Kalam on his birth anniversary in an incredible way. The schools will be celebrating the day as no-school bag day and students will be encouraged to read books which are not a part of their course curriculum.

October 15 will be a fun-filled day for students in Maharashtra as they will be going to school without their heavy school bags.

The occasion is APJ Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary, October 15, which has been announced as Vaachan Prerna Diwas or Reading Day in all schools of Maharashtra, by the state’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde.

In a government resolution issued on Wednesday, the state asked all students from class III to class VIII to leave their school bags at home on that day, and read non-academic books at school.

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The state has also asked schools to organise book exhibitions, introduce gift-a-book programmes and introduce students to well-known authors.

Thus, coming Thursday, Maharashtra schools will focus on creating a positive environment in classrooms and in making the experience of learning more fun.

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Inviting authors and literature experts, reading non-academic books, and teaching students how to read out loud are among other activities suggested by the state to create a fun environment in classrooms.

Schools have also been advised not to restrict these activities to just one day, but dedicate some time every month for similar activities.

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