The USAID and Room to Read jointly organised a national summit focused on “Teachers as changemakers” / Image Room to Read
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Room to Read jointly organized a national summit on “Teachers as changemakers” which brought together dedicated teachers from various parts of India to share their stories, accomplishments, and the challenges they face in their mission.
Patricia A. Lacina, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in India, said, “When we prepare children to learn, we prepare those children for life. The investments we make in foundational education bring lifelong benefits to individuals, their families, their communities, and their countries. The United States commends the teachers of India who are changemakers for a better future for both our countries.”
“With teachers as changemakers, we aim to facilitate meaningful discussions between national and state policymakers and educators, bridging the gap between policy objectives and classroom realities,” Poornima Garg, country director, of Room to Read India, said.
The summit marked the launch of the “Child-Friendly Library for Children”, an online professional development course developed by USAID through its Scaling-up Early Reading Intervention (SERI) project being implemented by Room to Read.
The summit also featured two informative panel discussions: one on the policy Implications for Relevant Teacher Knowledge Management, focusing on teacher practices, and the other on Bringing Schools and Community Together, according to a release by Room to Read.
The summit served as the culmination of the annual flagship campaign, #IndiaGetsReading organized by Room to Read. The campaign lay emphasis on the importance of reading and recognized the crucial role that teachers play in nurturing students’ reading and learning abilities.