The Department of Education organized Early Grade Reading Workshop for Primary Teachers at TCV Suja from 25th-29th May 2016. 19 participants under the school administration of Tibetan Children Village (TCV) Dharamsala participated in this workshop.
Out of which, 11 teachers are from TCV Suja School, and 8 teachers are from TCV Chauntra School. So far, Early Grade Reading (EGR) workshops conducted by the Department of Education, CTA are considered to be the most successful and prominent workshops to establish a reading culture in the Tibetan society.
The Department of Education initiated the Early Grade Reading Project since 2014 based on the recommendations Education Advisory Committee meeting held in June 2013. Our aim is to train all the primary teachers of Tibetan schools in India which come under the different school administrations such CTSA, STSS, THF, TCV and SLF with a hope to modernize their pedagogy of language and inculcate reading as an important aspect of learning which will enhance the development of early child's literacy.
We expect that our teachers will recognize reading as an independent aspect of learning in primary school and hope our teachers are committed to developing reading habits among every Tibetan child.
Till date, DoE conducted EGR workshops for 18 batches of teachers consist of 299 primary teachers. Based on the positive responses from the participants of the workshop, it was decided to conduct the workshop at least twice a year.
Dr. Latika Gupta and Prof Krishna Kumar were the resource persons for all the EGR workshops conducted by DoE. They are faculty members of Department of Education, Delhi University. Prof. Krishna Kumar is an internationally renowned academician and a recipient of Padma Shree Award from the President of India. He is widely known for his writings in the area of language and sociology of education.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded this workshop through the Tibet Fund.