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Education Leader Series- Mr. Sourav Banerjee, Country Director- Room to Read India

By auther pic. CSRBOX

January 18, 2021

Sourav Banerjee is the Country Director of Room to Read India, an International non-profit working in the areas of early grade literacy and girl’s education. As head of the organization, Sourav provides oversight at the country level and represents the organization with governments, donors and other stakeholders. He leads a multidisciplinary team of around 500 staff across nine states of India.

 

Sourav has been instrumental in shaping the growth of Room to Read in India and scaling up of its programs in collaboration with governments. He brings in a high level of strategic thinking, coupled with a strong desire to bring in a systemic change in education.

 

Sourav has close to 25 years of experience in the elementary education sector, working for government, non-government and donor organizations. Before Room to Read, Sourav worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where he led conceptualizing, designing and managing of education and skill development activities. He had also been closely associated with the initial planning, implementation and monitoring of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), a flagship Government of India program for universal elementary education, and the largest education reform program in the world. Sourav has participated in various program Review Missions as a Government of India and a World Bank nominee and has served in various government committees at different points of time.

 

By training, Sourav is an architect and practiced architecture before moving into the education sector.

 

In his conversation with Deepak Nanda from CSRBOX, he answers the following questions:

1.       What is the vision that Room to Read is driving towards and how does it intend to achieve it?

2.       Having worked with Government on projects like  Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, what insights did you gather about the Indian education system and its stakeholders (students, teachers, and parents)?

3.     How do you align your content with the educational outcomes that you plan to achieve?

4.     If any educational initiative wants to deliver concrete results, it must expand and reach millions of kids. How do you use the partnership with the public and private sector for the same and what suggestions would you make for the ones looking to do so?

5.     Digital transformation in education, which was lagging behind has got a sudden boost, given the pandemic. How do you intend to leverage it and make sure the adaptability continues beyond the pandemic?

6.     With close to 20 million children having benefitted from your programs, what does the future hold for Room to Read?

 


 

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