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Britannica, The Hindu join hands to improve learning for school students

India Blooms News Service | | 29 Apr 2014, 06:50 pm
Chennai, Apr 29 (IBNS): Five leading organisations have joined hands to launch a nation-wide program 'Knowledge without Boundaries' for significantly enriching and improving learning outcomes of school students in India and preparing them to be a part of the global, knowledge-based, economy.
‘Knowledge without Boundaries’, the program galvanized by Rotary Club of Madras East, brings together knowledge providers – Encyclopaedia Britannica India, Tree of Knowledge,The Hindu - and schools run by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
The program targets Corporations and Government schools so that the children in these schools also benefit. Schools under Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra will also be part of the programme.
Rotarian N Sudhakar, President, Rotary Club of Madras East said, “Rotary is known for its path breaking community services and literacy projects. Our team felt the need for comprehensive development in today’s children through General Knowledge, Debating Skills and Quiz Programs. We are touched by the offers from like-minded organizations, for pooling strengths and resources, to improve knowledge and communication beyond learning in the class room.”
Rotarian S. S. Rajsekar, Coordinator, “Knowledge without Boundaries” said, “Today India needs leaders who can become role models for the younger generation. Rotary has always acted as a catalyst in such pursuits while involving credible and capable partners to achieve such objectives. The coming together of credible partners will help bridge the gap and nurture the future leaders.”
Jorge Cauz, President of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc, was present at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between The Hindu and Encyclopaedia Britannica as well as the Letter of Understanding, by five organisations, in Chennai last week.
As a part of the ‘Knowledge without Boundaries’ program, aseries of knowledge enhancement initiatives including introduction of quiz programs, induction of computer aided games for building vocabulary, knowledge and laboratory sessions to improve spoken English will be undertaken.
To empower teachers extensive teacher-training programmes are envisaged, that will improve the all-round development of students. Encyclopaedia Britannica India will provide inputs that will enable teachers to introduce inquiry-based learning and new pedagogy techniques.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Managing Director South Asia Sarvesh Shrivastava said, “Knowledge without boundaries is all about providing students and teachers with resources that promote exploratory and experiential learning, evoke interest, and develop critical thinking skills amongst young learners.”
To enhance the reach and to widen the impact of this initiative, Britannica has agreed to allow the translation of its ‘Know for Sure’ general knowledge book series authored by the ace quiz master Siddhartha Basu for class I to VIII,in various Indian languages.
Well known quiz master and ‘Tree of Knowledge’ founder Siddhartha Basu said, “The inclusion of a general knowledge component, that goes beyond textbooks and rote learning, to spark an enthusiasm for better all round awareness among young learners, during their formative years in school, is indeed laudable.”
Extending his support to the program The Hindu Editor-in-Chief N Ravi said, “The Hindu kindles the quest for knowledge among young readers. Children have a widespread yearning to know. There has to be an exposure to different approaches to learning.”
The Hindu and the Encyclopaedia Britannica also entered into a MoU for content syndication and leveraging each other's strengths across India.
Britannica, known for producing trustworthy and safe content for over 246 years, shall also make available its extensive digital knowledge repositories and solutions for promoting general knowledge, soft skills including communication skills in English, and support inquiry based learning in PreK-12 education.
L. Sabaretnam Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra said that the Bhavan engaged in promotion of education and culture, shall expand the reach of this program through itseducation centres.
The Bhavan runs 90 schools, 8 Management Institutes and over 20 units of Rajendra Prasad Institute of Communication and Management, 54 units of Gandhi Institute of Computer Education (GICE). GICE provide free computer education to educated unemployed youth belonging to the needy sections of the society.