Enhancing Ideas for EGR: The hum of the room

The space was abuzz with teams talking through the 5 most voted-for ideas -arguing value propositions, execution and viability.  Groups discussed solutions through the lens of implementation, scalability and sustainability. Group 1, Read and Unite, discussed how to develop strategies to mobilise key stakeholders to build community reading environments, given that stakeholders would vary as per community contexts.

The conversations in Group 2, that was working on fleshing out the Teachers Reading Movement, were focused on contextualizing change. They noted that technological interventions in a society that is unfamiliar with technology would result in a simulation of context, and when money is pulled out, or in case the initiative dissolves, the idea will break down. Sustainability of a solution was a key concern for group 2, and therefore their idea draws upon existing systems such as DIETs, that are already in place, to improve teacher training programs.

Given that the I Love Reading idea had already been piloted by Katha, Group 3’s conversations to take it further covered scalability and incorporating technology, and capacity building.  The group examined exposure based capacity building for teachers through on site demonstrations and practical learning. Debates on how to incorporate technology examined developing e-books on the one hand, and on the other recognised the difficulties faced by children in relating to them.

Group 4 looked to ‘Read Against’ rote learning the inherent culture to obey, and proposed to reform schools in to institutions that encourage questioning, and inquisitive learning. The I Read, You Read, We Read group was articulating the value proposition of their idea. It specifically bridged the gap between home and school, and facilitated parents’ engagement with their child’s education and school curriculum. They highlighted the fact that it was a low cost and low tech idea that relied heavily on stakeholders like school leaders, teachers and parents to facilitate a loop of continuity and engagement.


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