Rotary Club supports 'Knowledge Without Boundaries' Project

by Management Paradise on Tuesday 29 April 2014, 5:36 PM | Category: Press Releases| View: 1295 views
Galvanizes eminent partners - Britannica, Tree of Knowledge, The Hindu, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - to prepare school students for the 21st Century

Chennai April 29, 2014Five leading organisations have joined hands to launch a nation-wide program for significantly enriching and improving learning outcomes of school students in India and preparingthem to be a part of the global, knowledge-based, economy.

'Knowledge without Boundaries', the program galvanized by Rotary Club of Madras East, brings together knowledge providers - Encyclopaedia Britannica India, Tree of Knowledge,The Hindu - and schools run by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
The program targets Corporations and Government schools so that the children in these schools also benefit. Schools under Bhavan's Chennai Kendra will also be part of the programme.

Rotarian N Sudhakar, President, Rotary Club of Madras East said, "Rotary is known for its path breaking community services and literacy projects. Our team felt the need for comprehensive development in today's children through General Knowledge, Debating Skills and Quiz Programs. We are touched by the offers from like-minded organizations, for pooling strengths and resources, to improve knowledge and communication beyond learning in the class room."

Rotarian S. S. Rajsekar, Coordinator, "Knowledge without Boundaries" said, "Today India needs leaders who can become role models for the younger generation. Rotary has always acted as a catalyst in such pursuits while involving credible and capable partners to achieve such objectives. The coming together of credible partners will help bridge the gap and nurture the future leaders."

Mr. Jorge Cauz, President of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc, was present at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between The Hindu and Encyclopaedia Britannica as well as the Letter of Understanding, by five organisations, in Chennai last week.
As a part of the 'Knowledge without Boundaries' program aseries of knowledge enhancement initiatives including introduction of quiz programs, induction of computer aided games for building vocabulary, knowledge and laboratory sessions to improve spoken English will be undertaken.

To empower teachers extensive teacher-training programmes are envisaged, that will improve the all-round development of students. Encyclopaedia Britannica India will provide inputs that will enable teachers to introduce inquiry-based learning and new pedagogy techniques.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Managing Director South Asia Mr. Sarvesh Shrivastava said, "Knowledge without boundaries is all about providing students and teachers with resources that promote exploratory and experiential learning, evoke interest, and develop critical thinking skills amongst young learners."

To enhance the reach and to widen the impact of this initiative, Britannica has agreed to allow the translation of its 'Know for Sure' general knowledge book series authored by the ace quiz master Siddhartha Basu for class I to VIII,in various Indian languages.

Well known quiz master and 'Tree of Knowledge' founder Mr. Siddhartha Basu said, "The inclusion of a general knowledge component, that goes beyond textbooks and rote learning, to spark an enthusiasm for better all round awareness among young learners, during their formative years in school, is indeed laudable."

Extending his support to the program The Hindu Editor-in-Chief Mr N Ravi said, "The Hindu kindles the quest for knowledge among young readers. Children have a widespread yearning to know. There has to be an exposure to different approaches to learning."

The Hindu and the Encyclopaedia Britannica also entered into a MoU for content syndication and leveraging each other's strengths across India.

Britannica, known for producing trustworthy and safe content for over 246 years, shall also make available its extensive digital knowledge repositories and solutions for promoting general knowledge, soft skills including communication skills in English, and supportinquiry based learning in PreK-12 education.

Mr. L. Sabaretnam Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra said that the Bhavan engaged in promotion of education and culture, shall expand the reach of this program through itseducation centres.

The Bhavan runs 90 schools, 8 Management Institutes and over 20 units of Rajendra Prasad Institute of Communication and Management, 54 units of Gandhi Institute of Computer Education (GICE). GICE provide free computer education to educated unemployed youth belonging to the needy sections of the society.

About Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) is a reputed Indian educational trust, which runs schools, colleges and other professional institutes all over India. BVB is involved in promotion of education and culture, possesses significant reach in the field of Education through its schools. 

About Encyclopaedia Britannica 
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. is a global educational publisher with products that promote knowledge and learning. The company provides timely, relevant, and trustworthy information and instructional products used in schools, universities, homes, libraries, and workplaces throughout the world.

Britannica is deeply involved with schools, parents, and educators, designing products for the 21st century classroom and today's home learning environments. The company is a pioneer in digital education, and our products are marked by engaging and trustworthy content.

About Rotary Club of Madras East 
Rotary Club of Madras East was founded in the year 1985 and has been a very active club involved in various welfare activities to make this place a better place to live in. These welfare activities have been successful because of the Public-Private Partnerships which have been established between Government agencies, Corporates and us. 

About The Hindu 
The Hindu is an English-language Indian daily newspaper. Headquartered at Chennai, The Hindu was launched in 1878. According to the Indian Readership Survey in 2012, it was the third most widely-read English newspaper in India. The Hindu has its largest base of circulation in southern India, and is the most widely-read English daily newspaper in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. 

Apart from newspaper 'The Hindu' publishes business newspaper 'Business Line' and magazines 

About Tree of Knowledge 

Tree of Knowledge (TOK), headed by Siddhartha Basu, develops and organizes multi-level, real-time quiz based shows, as live on ground events. TOK organizes quiz shows regularly for high-profile clients such as Tata Steel, Birla Group, Nestle, Taj Group of Hotels, Microsoft, etc. 

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