Reading literacy is not only a foundation for achievement in other subject areas within the educational system but also a prerequisite for successful participation in most areas of adult life. Children who read are able to think more, are able to express themselves more freely and become independent learners.
The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 emphasizes the importance of well-stocked school libraries and digital libraries to attain the goal of foundational literacy and numeracy for all children by the year 2025. It recommends making quality children's literature available in all local languages to build a culture of reading across the country.
About the CBSE Reading Mission
In order to support reading literacy among students and enable joyful reading experiences, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in partnership with Pratham Books' StoryWeaver and with the support of the Central Square Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of the CBSE Reading Mission. The launch will take place at 3:00 pm on the 20th of September 2021. During the launch, there will also be a teachers' webinar on building a culture of reading in schools.
Link to the CBSE Reading Mission launch YouTube Livestream: https://bit.ly/3ExxoXd
The Reading Mission is a two-year-long initiative, in which all CBSE schools can participate. The Reading Mission will impact young learners across CBSE’s network of 25,000 schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas, the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, Central Tibetan Schools, schools run/aided by the state governments and private independent schools.
Under the Reading Mission, CBSE schools and teachers will have access to a large repository of openly licensed high-quality children’s literature via the Pratham Books Reading Programme, available for free in English and Hindi on StoryWeaver. The Reading Programme offers 144 beautifully illustrated, age-appropriate storybooks that provide a rich reading experience for all children, cutting across geographical, economic, social and cultural divides.
The books are organised grade-wise and thematically for Grades 1 to 8 and are accompanied by supplementary resources such as discussion ideas and activities that can be conducted online, in-classroom or at home.
StoryWeaver will support and empower teachers with training materials on conducting engaging virtual reading sessions and activities through periodic ‘Teacher Connect’ interactions, where teachers can also discuss best practices, showcase their work and share inputs on the programme design.
For CBSE teachers who would like to participate, or require more details on the CBSE Reading Mission, do visit the Reading Mission campaign page on StoryWeaver: https://bit.ly/39n8FXjcomment (1)
Roberto Marcolin is a High School teacher near Milan, Italy. He’s been doing some very interesting things with StoryWeaver both inside the classroom and out! Read on to find out more.
“I’m a teacher in a high school near Milan, Italy and I'm in charge of the school library. Our school recently participated in Libriamoci a Ministry of Education project to promote reading aloud. Many different classes in the school took part, with some students reading out loud stories from StoryWeaver in English. At the end of January, we took part in Piazze Solidali (Solidarity Squares), an event held in the public library of our city. At the event some of my students read StoryWeaver stories in six different languages: Albanian, Romanian, Arabic, Spanish, French and of course Italian."
A class from Roberto's school is participating in Etwinning a European project, students from the Czech Republic, Spain and Sweden. "Through this project they will translate books from English to their mother tongue on StoryWeaver. You can find the first seven stories translated to Italian on StoryWeaver."
Students read aloud stories from StoryWeaver at the Libriamoci event held in October, 2017.
Roberto has also made an audio version of ‘Ghum Ghum Gharial’s Glorious Adventure’ in Italian with Canoprof an open source software created by the French education ministry.
“Framapad is an open source software for collaborative writing which I used when preparing for the Piazza solidale event. I made some recordings of stories like this one and I hope to do others. I think they could be used to promote reading amongst students.”
Roberto has a few other ideas on how he would like to use StoryWeaver. “In 2018, I would like to organize a collaborative translation of some stories of StoryWeaver involving other teachers and students. The translators could meet in a place at school like the library and collaboratively translate some stories together. I would also like to create free digital libraries using StoryWeaver stories as my French colleague Cyrille Largillier has already done here.”
We look forward to hearing more from Roberto and his students this year!
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Khyati Datt, a member of our outreach team writes about two of our recent workshops in Mumbai and Mysore.
It’s not often that you have 25 Master Teachers from different walks of life, speaking 5 different languages, living in 4 different states and still engaging with each other and sharing their thoughts.
This was the scene at our recently conducted StoryWeaver Workshop in Mysore. Pratham Education Foundation invited their wonderful Master Teachers for a training workshop in Mysore and we, at StoryWeaver, got the chance to interact with them on the last day of their training. Our facilitators, Mala, Shruthi and Payoshni ensured that the session was multilingual- in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, English and Hindi.
The beautiful weather at Mysore served as the perfect setting for a 3-hour long session where interesting teacher practices came to light. As the session progressed, we deep dived into the intriguing world of stories and explored how stories open a child’s eyes to a world filled with joy and learning.
The teachers, then, went on to try their hands at StoryWeaver. They decided on themes and explored the platform for five stories/flashcards that talked about their theme. Their biggest takeaway from this exercise was that they can use the platform in their classrooms and combine storytelling with teaching. The second part of their task was getting down to becoming authors! Each group was given a task sheet with a specific theme and encouraged to create a story/flashcard. The most exciting bit was teachers realizing how easy it is for them to create in their regional languages and taking it to their classrooms back home.
We got some great stories from the teachers, who presented their idea for the story and the flow behind it. With so many tongues in the room, everyone promptly translated what was being spoken in the room which ensured language was not a barrier for a fantastic session of idea-exchanges.
A discussion ensued on what are the different ways in which the teachers can use StoryWeaver in the classrooms. It was wonderful to see how the teachers could align their existing classroom ideas with storytelling practices, like by getting their students excited about a topic by narrating them a story about it. Using illustrations as writing prompts, and spotting books for teaching sight words were one of the many ideas that the teachers dwelled on.
We closed the session by showing the participants videos of teachers using StoryWeaver to build a reading culture in their classrooms. The rain shower that followed was the perfect end to a wonderful workshop!
In the previous week, a similar workshop was conducted in Bombay with 30 teachers from Pratham’s ECE wing from Maharashtra and Gujarat. The crackling energy in the room led to a session that was interactive and fun! The teachers came up with ideas to use stories in the classroom to make the lessons engaging and to ensure that the students learn in a different manner. As Smitin Brid, Program Head of Early Childhood Program for Pratham Education Foundation, puts it, “ I’m thankful to the StoryWeaver team for conducting wonderful and useful sessions at Mumbai and Mysore workshops. The key resource people in both these regions have got information about this platform and we’ll ensure continuous engagement with them on using the resources available on StoryWeaver.”
A big thank you to Pratham Education Foundation and its ECE wing for giving us the opportunity to interact with the teachers and their consistent support.
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