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36,000 storybooks in Bhoti for children were published and distributed into 300 schools of Leh District, Ladakh


Storybooks in Bhoti for the children of Ladakh

17000 ft Foundation  has been tirelessly working to create a culture of reading in Ladakh, by setting up libraries across hundreds of schools in remote areas. In a region where the only books available to read were either religious texts or travel books, the presence of hundreds of books in each school opened up a world of imagination and discovery for these children.

17000 ft  has partnered with Pratham Books and Scholastic Publishers to translate few of their titles each into the local language, Bhoti, to be made available to children across 300 schools of Ladakh.

In the first phase, 15 titles were translated into Bhoti with Ladakhi illustrations, The Bhoti book launch happened on Children's Day, Nov 14 2015 at the CIBS Auditorium at a ceremony attended by all the local dignitaries and children from various surrounding schools.

21 more titles have recently been translated into Bhoti. The second lot of the Bhoti books was launched on the 21st Feb 2021 - it being the International Mother Language day.

The colourful and attractive story books will definitely inspire the children to read more and help us preserving the rich local culture.