In a bid to enhance enquiry-based education and general knowledge in corporation and government schools in Chennai, five organisations including The Hindu and the Encyclopaedia Britannica signed a Letter of Understanding. (LoU) on Wednesday
The other organisations are the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the Rotary Club of Madras East and the Tree of Knowledge run by Siddharth Basu.
The Hindu and the Encyclopaedia Britannica also entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for content syndication and leveraging each other's strengths across India.
The LoU is for a project called ‘Knowledge Without Boundaries’ by Rotary Club of Madras East. Under this, quiz programmes for corporation and government schools, spoken English language labs, digital learning content, computer aided games for vocabulary, knowledge building and teacher training will be introduced to bring all around development in children.
The Hindu's school edition — The Hindu In School — will be distributed through Rotary to these schools. The programme will be taken to all schools across the country in the next phase.
As part of the MoU, the Encyclopaedia Britannica and The Hindu’s school edition will share content, provide CDs and Britannica kids subscription to all school edition subscribers, among others.
Speaking at the function, N. Ravi, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, said, “Children have a widespread yearning to know. There has to be an exposure to different approaches to learning.”
Sarvesh Shrivastava, managing director, Encyclopaedia Britannica, South Asia, said that knowledge did not have boundaries.
He spoke about the possibility of using mobile phones to impart education. “The boundaries are within,” he said.
Jorge Cauz, president, Encyclopaedia Britannica, L. Sabaretnam, chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan spoke.