In truly inspiring story and redefining the role of an ideal student’s union, Tawang students turned masons and built community library in a bid inspire reading
Tawang/Itanagar: In the remote India-China border town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, young students build a community library on their own.
In a bid to inspire the locals to read books, they turned masons and carpenters and built a community library by dismantling an old and dilapidated government structure. In the tribal societies of Northeast, the youths are usually very skilful.
All Tawang District Students’ Union (ATDSU) utilize its fund and received assistance from well-wishers to built the community library at the cost of 6.5 Lakhs in 40 days
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, a local of Tawang was all praise for the students took to Twitter to share the inspiring story.
Students from #Tawang worked together to build this beautiful #CommunityLibrary. The entire construction work of reinforcing, shuttering, carpentry, masonry, roofing etc were all done by students. Due to hardworking environment, average youths here possesses such work skills. pic.twitter.com/5phHnh7OhW— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) November 8, 2020
The work was executed in flat 40 days under the watchful eyes of the All Tawang District Students’ Union (ATDSU).
Some 15 university, college and school students had lent their service. There is a “district library” in the town but the ATDSU said it could not cater to all citizens.
“Tawang being a remote district, books are a rarity here. We also observed that not many people read books these days. So, we wanted to inspire them to get back to their reading habit and develop it among youth,” said Pema Tsering, who is a student leader and in-charge of the library construction committee.
Built at a cost of around Rs 6.5 lakh, the library is half concrete and half wooden with its roofing done with CGI sheets.
“We spent from the union’s fund and received assistance from well-wishers. We had approached people for help. As work progressed, help started pouring in,” Tsering said.
It will not be like any other library in the state. It will primarily have inspirational books, comics etc for children. Many students have started donating used books. Some social media users and others expressed the willingness to donate books, Tsering said.
“We have no doubt the youth will get inspired and develop the habit of reading books. We will hand the library over to the state’s education department for its better management,” he added.
It was decided that the library will be named after former Chief Minister, the late Dorjee Khandu, as a tribute to him for his contributions to Arunachal’s overall development.