“The Book Bus awakens, from within, a love for books and a love for reading”, local representative Gita Adhikari tells Janata Television in this press coverage of the Book Bus in Jhapa. With that same motive to inspire a love for reading and story-telling in mind, the Book Bus embarked on a trip to Jhapa from the 18th of February to the 8th of March. Partnering with UNHCR, the Book Bus engaged with students, teachers, school leaders, and women’s forums within the Bhutanese refugee camps, which were Beldangi Women’s Forum and Sanischare Women’s Forum. The Book Bus eventually hosted an exhibition with all of their creative output, and even went on to participate in the Jhapa Literary Festival!
With a compendium of Book Bus workshops, some key ones being ‘Histories from Home’, where students shared anecdotes and artifacts and wrote stories about their homes, and ‘Women on Stage’, which is a spoken word poetry workshop especially created for women, the Book Bus team focused on using language and art as tools to bring out stories of women in the area. The ‘Zoetrope’ module also made a fun debut on this trip, and young participants learned to combine story-telling with the basics of animation to create their very own stop-motion video.
In over 18 days, the Book Bus team amassed a wealth of stories and art-work from those they engaged with in Jhapa. The Book Bus team had a wonderful, vibrant time with the participants and hopes to return to Jhapa for more creative expression, warm exchanges of learning, and, most importantly, a communal love for reading.