To promote empathic and social engagement through shared reading and discussion by connecting middle/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.
All this, with just a book and an internet connection.
May 2015, our first session
- Empathic Engagement
- Intellectual Engagement
- Engagement across religion, race, region, culture, class, countries.
- Sowing the seeds of constructive thought and action.
- Bringing nations together in meaningful ways.
- UNESCO WSC
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 bookclub with the books that we had sent. The Globe Reads was now a glimmer in our eye.
-- Vandana Nandan