The LEC English is offered in English by Bookworm Trust in Goa. Library education for children has multiple possibilities and dimensions as yet unexplored in the Indian context. The LEC offers a unique opportunity to strengthen understanding and academic thinking linked to practice in a well-designed, highly charged environment with some of the best library practitioners in the field.
The LEC English is offered in dual mode. The course includes three contact sessions and two distant periods over a seven month period. The course combines theory and practice. Reflection and discussions are designed to be initiated through an online discussion forum, assignments (4) spread over the course and an in depth field project. Course material is provided in both hard and soft copy and access to internet and internet office skills are critical.
Deepali is a library educator with Bookworm Trust, Goa. She leads the Libraries in School Program which works with large classrooms to initiate a love for reading and learning through books. Deepali is trained in early childhood care and education and is passionate about all children having access to books. She is a core member of the Bookworm team.
Jane Sahi has been working in the area of education for the last 38 years. She was born in England moved to India in 1968 in search of a deeper understanding of Gandhiji’s life and values. In 2000 she wrote a book entitled ‘Education and Peace’. In 1975, she started Sita School, an alternative school that tries to help each child reach its potential through holistic, child centric education. Jane has conducted a number of workshops on language teaching. She has been actively involved in the Alternative School Network, an informal group of individuals working in the field of education.
Sujata is an educator and enjoys working with children and books. She is deeply interested in the power of the printed word and the pathways to access and growth emerging from it. In Goa, she works out of her organisation called Bookworm that provides resources and facilitates library and reading within the community of Panjim and in schools around the State. She consults with the Tata Trusts within the Education portfolio.
Usha Mukunda has inspired generations of children to discover the joys of reading. An ardent advocate of open libraries, she is deeply interested in nurturing discerning readers and users of the library. She cofounded the Centre for Learning (Bangalore) in 1990 and set up an open library there. She has been working with several rural, government and community libraries across India. She writes regularly on books and libraries for various journals, and blogs at library.cfl.in.