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About the Speaker:
Geeta Dharmarajan (Founder, Katha):
Geeta Dharmarajan is the founder of Katha — a 33-year-old “profit-for-all” voluntary organisation that aims to enhance the joy of reading among all by bridging the literature to literacy continuum. She received the Padma Shri in 2012 for her work in literature and education.
Geeta Dharmarajan was also named “frugal innovator” by the Millennium Alliance, set up by the governments of India and the US; and the co-winner of Business Standard Award for the Social Entrepreneur of the year, 2018. Having written many critically-acclaimed books for children and adults, Geeta has over 30 years of professional experience which includes her service at the India Today Group of Companies, The University of Pennsylvania and INTACH, before founding Katha.
TEDxGateway Webinar: Geeta Dharmarajan (Founder, Katha) & Kiran Bir Sethi (Founder, Design for Change) in conversation with Sanjana Chowhan (News Anchor & Multimedia Journalist)
Webinar Series: The World Has Changed
Webinar Topic: The Future of Education and Learning in a Disruptive Environment
About the webinar:
Since the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed in India, around 320 million students have been affected by school closures. Though the government has recommended shifting to ‘online teaching’, it ignores India’s immense digital divide – with embedded gender and class divides.
The clear disruption in the ‘normal’ functioning of education has placed an emphasis on many questions, which were previously asked and subsequently left unanswered. So, what could the current effects of this global pandemic mean for the future of education?