Note From the CEO, Center for Knowledge Societies
The landscape of education in India is changing very dramatically. If only a decade ago we were struggling to get all of our children into schools, the challenge of primary education today has to do with quality, age-appropriate learning, and higher order cognitive skills associated with reading comprehension, analysing rhetoric and making critical arguments.
At the same time, no part of our lives are now untouched by digital technology, wherein text is used in subtly different ways than it once was in the world of hardcopy print. Even as our children are exposed to new possibilities through mobile platforms, it is also possible that basic functional text input and output skills will be widely reinforced in ways that were once impossible.
The READ Alliance program is really about ensuring that our reading levels continuously improve. We are driven to search out what reading will mean to people over the course of this century, and the role technology will play in shaping reading behavior of future generations. These are some of the themes we will address through this issue of READ Express.
Dr. Aditya Dev Sood