Chats Over Chai
With Poornima Garg, Country Director of Room to Read India and Dr Surjeet Dhanji, Director of Cultural Diplomacy at the Australia India Institute.
In this episode of Chats over Chai, Dr Surjeet Dhanji, Director of Cultural Diplomacy at the Australia India Institute interviews Poornima Garg, the Country Director of Room to Read India. Room to Read is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to improving literacy and promoting gender equality in education. With a focus on early childhood literacy, Room to Read empowers teachers to teach children to read and write during their early school years, laying a strong foundation for future learning. They also provide support to at-risk girls, ensuring they complete secondary education and acquire essential life skills.
The discussion takes a closer look at Room to Read’s efforts in India, a country where education and gender equality remain critical challenges. Poornima sheds light on the collaborative approach that Room to Read adopts, working closely with local communities, governments, and other stakeholders to drive sustainable change. Tune in to gain inspiration from her personal journey and the transformative power of education in the lives of women and children in rural communities.