Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Schools That Care Conference

Are you going for the Schools That Care conference? Our editor, Mala Kumar, will be speaking about the 'Joys of Reading' on Day 3 of conference.


In July 2017, The Teacher Foundation brings to you a conference with a national presence and an international perspective. It’s Schools that Care (STC 2017), celebrating 15 years of dedicated work in making schools enabling environments for students. The conference will also present the findings of TTF’s 5 years of research aimed at developing a framework of Standards for Social and Emotional Learning (SSEL) for Indian schools. 
Pastoral care and its elements of empathy, sensitivity, positive regard for the child are often given short shrift in the race by schools and parents for rote-based academic achievement and marks. In the long run what gets sacrificed are students’ human capacities for compassion, courage, joy, generosity, grit, resilience and relationships. The repercussions of this are already evident in an increasingly intolerant, angry & divided world. 
Schools have a moral imperative for providing an education that prepares all students to handle life’s challenges with a sense of personal and collective integrity. 
Schools that Care (STC) 2017 is a conference with a difference. Since schools exist for young people, this conference includes them as prominent and powerful voices! STC 2017 promises to be a confluence of minds, hearts and hands – both young & old. It’s an opportunity for discussion, dialogue and debate amongst school leaders, teachers, researchers and students.
Find more details about the conference here. The conference is from 13 to 15 July, 2017 at the JN Tata Auditorium, Bangalore.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Meet the Finalists of This Year's Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest!

The result for Pratham Books’ Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest 2017 is finally here! A big thank you to all the participants for taking part, and being super patient with us as the judges read through each of your wonderful stories.


This year, Retell, Remix and Rejoice was in a slightly different avatar as we asked our community to weave level 1 and 2 stories around certain themes. We received 66 entries: 39 in English, 26 in Hindi and 1 Tamil story. This was the most number of Hindi stories we ever received for the contest.

Drum roll please

And now, on to the results! This year, we have 3 winning finalists:







Each finalist will receive a gift hamper of books from Pratham Books and will get one hour with a Pratham Books editor, who will share their editorial feedback on the story. One final story will then be chosen for re-illustration.

Meet the judges



Rajesh Khar is a senior editor at Pratham Books. Through these years, he has not only edited and translated books but also coordinated lit fests like Bookaroo, JLF, Samanvay, New Delhi World Book Fairs and joined hands with organisations like Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, CBSE, NEOR by NCERT and a host of non-profits. He has been supervising books in many Northern & Eastern Indian languages and also have had opportunity to be a part of the Adikahaani Series and the Urdu programme. His interests are music, classical performing arts, casual writing, theater and film making. He loves spending time with children and young people and basically has a lot of fun in whatever he does.

This is what Rajesh had to say about the entries this year: “I enjoyed reading all the stories very much and while reading the thoughts that came into my mind were a mixed lot - sometimes those of pleasure, at times a little sadness. Why sadness? Well, in some of the stories I wished that the authors had sustained that creative energy till the last word. Animal Symphony was a lovely story that highlighted the need to provide children ample opportunities to bond with nature alone. My Grandma Has a Tail and Toot'ta Tara both displayed out-of-the-box thinking and creativity. Joy, happiness and love together make every childhood memorable and create individual secure little universes. This subconsciously builds the foundations for a happy and healthy future life. I was happily reminded of this while reading A Special Journey.”


Our second judge, Kanchan Banerjee is a Managing Trustee of Akshara Foundation where she develops strategy and designs learning material. She founded Jyoshika, an NGO which works for the enrichments of children's learning in their eearly years. She enjoys writing for children.Under a UNICEF projects she developed graded readers in Kannada for children in Karnataka and in Hindi for children in Chattisgarh. She had this to say about the entries received this year: “It was delightful to read a variety of imaginative entries. Truly, writers can fire the creativity of young children and move them to a different space away from moralizing.”

Congratulations to the winners. You’ll be hearing from us shortly about your one on one session with a Pratham Books editor.

Read all the Retell, Remix and Rejoice entries.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Accounts Executive

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India.

In 13 years, we have published over 3,000 books and distributed over 14 million copies of our storybooks and 16 million story cards.

We are looking for an Accounts Executive to join our team in Bengaluru.

Duties:

  • Verification of bills received from vendors and process for payments.
  • Entering expenditure and payment entries in Tally.
  • Monthly Payment of TDS
  • Monthly BRS and maintain returned cheques details.
  • Maintaining Fixed Deposits Register
  • Monthly Settlement of Staff Advances and Reimbursements
  • Perform any other duties as and when required.

Qualification:
  • B.COM / M.COM graduate with a experience of 3-5 years
  • Should posses good knowledge about excel, word and Tally
  • Strong communication skills- written and verbal English
Location: Position is based out of Bangalore

Salary: Will commensurate with experience.

Write to us: Email your resume with Accounts Executive in the subject line to careers(at)prathambooks(dot)org

P.S - If you are shortlisted, you will hear back from us within 15 days of applying.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Exploring Science and Maths Through Stories


Sometimes, Maths and Science can be daunting for children. However, when concepts are presented in a fun and engaging manner, children find it easier to grasp and retain them. There is a dearth of simple, informative books for young readers and access to these books will help children in their learning journey. With support from Oracle, Pratham Books developed a special set of books exploring Science and Maths concepts with engaging narratives and eye-catching illustrations that will enrich the child’s current curriculum and be a useful classroom aid for the teachers. Last year, 100 Library kits with these books were distributed to multiple not-for-profits and schools across the country. We traveled to a few of our partner schools to see the impact these books were having which is documented in this video. 

Pratham Books would like to thank Oracle, Mantra Social Services, Florida English School and Communities Rising for their support to this film. 

We are also thankful to Sangeeta Velegar for the script for this film and Arjun Swaminathan Films for the production.