Sangam School of Excellence, Bhilwara hosted a unique conference on Goal 4 of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which is to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. This was the first in a series of 8 conferences happening pan India on increasing awareness around the importance of reading as an enabler.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
This conference was spearheaded and orchestrated by Stones2Milestones along with The National Trust’s, (an autonomous body of the Government of India) Inclusive India initiative. It saw a lively exchange of ideas on what quality education entails today and how developing a child’s will and skill to read is the first step towards achieving Goal 4 objectives of primary education. Principals and educators from the city’s leading schools and institutes were a part of the event.
Teaching a child to read is the first step in bringing quality education to all. The panel of reading experts gave valuable insights on how teaching a child to read is, in fact, one of the most crucial needs of the hour and the single most important factor to determine a child’s academic excellence. While the panel on inclusive education shed light on the victories and challenges of inclusive education.
Ms Madhu Nagpal, Principal of Sangam School of Excellence, A ‘Reading First’ school, said “All of us in the world of education are preparing our children to be able, strong and visionary leaders with a willingness to go an extra mile with passion and heart. In my years of leadership experience, I have found two things to always hold true – good leaders are always good readers, are always empathetic. This conference will give us a chance to share and learn from other school leaders too”.
Mr Kavish Gadia, co-founder of Stones2Milestones who moderated the panel said, he firmly believes that “when taught well, reading adds to a child’s imagination, logical thinking, visualization and creative thinking skills. Children who read have an unabashed curiosity, a certain academic edge over their peers and an advanced understanding of the world.”
This unique partnership between Stones2Milestones and the Inclusive India initiative promises to sow many seeds of change along the way and help transform our schools into spaces that put ‘reading first’ and promise inclusive and quality education for all.