500 participants from seven countries join Booktopia hosted by SAI International Education Group
The SAI International Education Group, Odisha, hosted a global reading fest recently to encourage reading.
Booktopia, inspired by Round Square, saw around 500 students from seven countries — Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Pakistan and India — taking part. The online event was aimed at inspiring the young generation to read books and share their ideas and experiences with others.
Author Meghna Pant and Elise Marra, a 17-year-old Michigan-based writer, composer, singer, actor, musician and teen prodigy, addressed the students as keynote speakers.
Round Square discoveries such as communications skills, inquisitiveness, inventiveness, self-awareness, appreciation for diversity, ability to solve problems, sense of responsibility, compassion, courage, and teamwork were incorporate into Booktopia. Students gained basic life skills and got a chance to improve organisational, collaboration, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, task management skills along with intellectual skills, cognitive strategy, and verbal and written information. Participants also reinforced their grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing and other linguistic skills.
The participants were engaged in interactive sessions. They were divided into 10 barraza sessions themed on literary genres such as fiction, classic adult fiction, magical, mystery and so on.
“Reading is an enriching experience that shapes a child and deepens one’s thoughts and feelings. It widens our world, expands our perspectives and enhances our imagination. We at SAI International wish to develop a habit of reading among the youth of today as it not only enhances the vocabulary but also instils values such as empathy and acceptance. It influences the way we perceive different things and opens our heart to possibilities,” SAI International vice-chairperson Silpi Sahoo said.