It was a day which was long awaited, a day yearned for by everyone forming part of Deepalaya Parivar. Of all the days, one day that is special is the Deepalaya foundation day. 37 years on, Deepalaya – the abode of light -- is growing and glowing every day with a never-say-die spirit of serving the community.
It was time to celebrate 16th July -- the day when Deepalaya was born 37 years ago -- a day when everyone came together under one roof at Deepalaya School Kalkaji Extension to share their experiences, to shake a leg and sing together.
While the Deepalaya Community Library at Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai has grown significantly in membership in the last one year, it has not escaped us that reading fluency amongst many of our readers lags behind their peers from more privileged backgrounds. In June 2016, a team led by Michael Creighton conducted an assessment of nearly 100 children from the ages of 6-16. The assessment required children to read continuously for 1 minute from selected Hindi texts (suited to their age-group). The total number of words read and the number of errors were noted as well as reading behaviors such as whether students were observed correcting their own errors. This was the basis for evaluating fluency-levels. As computed by Creighton: