To promote empathic and social engagement through shared reading and discussion by connecting high school students from diverse cultures, cross sections of society and countries. To bring local, often communal, interpretations of shared reading to a global discourse resulting in a powerful exchange of ideas.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
by narrow domestic walls.....
..... Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake. — Tagore
To form a Global Reading Ring, one school at a time, one country at a time, by facilitating the meeting of young minds around the globe, using poetry, articles, stories to break down the walls that poet Tagore talks about, in order for global citizenship to thrive.
The Globe Reads was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Pathfinder Award in 2019. The award is described as follows:
....reflects the imagery on the distinguished Phi Beta Kappa key, a hand pointing to the stars. It is given to those who “encourage others to seek new worlds to discover, pathways to explore, and untouched destinations to reach.” The people, businesses, and institutions honored do something to broaden peoples' interest in active intellectual accomplishment; they reach beyond ordinary routine, beyond the regular requirement of their lives and jobs, in order to break new intellectual ground and/or inspire others to do so.
May 2015, our very first session
The story behind The Globe Reads
When my two boys were little, our house was filled with colorful books like Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and later imaginative ones like Arabian Nights, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Panchatantra Tales. Reading for pleasure was a value. As the boys outgrew these books, I would collect them and take them to a school dear to my heart, in Bengaluru, India. Books like this are expensive and not easily available in India. This habit continued for years. In 2014, we decided to formally send books to other schools serving students from severely disadvantaged sections of society. The family often talked about these schools and in one such conversation, we organically came upon the idea of a book discussion with the books that we had sent. The Globe Reads was now a glimmer in our eye.
-- Vandana Nandan