More than one million anganwadi children at 61,000 centres across the state were given workbooks, crayons, slates and other material by the state government on the occasion of Rajasthan Day on Thursday.
The initiative, announced on March 28, was taken to double up anganwadis as learning centres that earlier were used for feeding children.
Anita Bhadel, state women and child development minister visited an anganwadi centre in Amer’s Thatar Colony and distributed pre-school workbooks and other material to the children.
The workbooks have been specially developed with the help of the state’s branch of the UNICEF for children in the age group of 3-6 years coming to anganwadi centres.
The three workbooks have been named Kilkari for the age group 3-4, Umang for the age group of 4-5 and Tarang for the age group of 5-6.
Bhadel said the academic and creative environment given to children at such a tender age will help them go a long way. She also appealed for greater community support for anganwadi centres.
“Everyone should send their children to anganwadi centres, which are not just for the underprivileged sections,” she said.
“From today, anganwadis will also function as learning centres and have been renamed anganwadi pasthshalas.”
The workbooks distributed to children are colourful with simple lessons that include colouring and carry basic information about names of fruits, vegetables, houses, vehicles and festivals among others.
Apart from the workbooks, a kit worth ₹1,000 was also distributed at every centre that includes crayons, colour pencils, slates, balls, water colours, charts, sheets and toy building blocks.