Chuskit goes to school

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‘Chuskit goes to school’ is an endearing story about a young Ladakhi girl who is disabled by birth. Chuskit longs to go to school…

Written by Sujatha Padmanabhan, illustrated by Madhuvanti Anantharajan and published by Pratham Books; it was available in English, Hindi and several other regional languages of India, but last year I had the idea of getting it translated into Ladakhi as well, for the children of this region. There isn’t much Ladakhi children’s literature available and in fact, the language itself is not much taught or written. We hope to make more reading material available to children here, in their own language.

Gen Konchok Pandey translated the book and Pratham Books reworked the layout. Our friend Nakul Butta, ran the Ladakh Marathon and raised the required funds for 500 copies The books have now reached Leh and are being shared with children of various villages, private, government, nunnery and monastery schools of Ladakh. We are happy to have collaborated with Pratham Books on our first Ladakhi translation.

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