23-25 September 202426 September Field Trip (Optional)

Read. Rise. India.

Foundational Literacy &
Numeracy for All

Welcome to SYNERGY 3.0

Literacy is at the heart of all SDGs and government of India’s highest priority in education. India's NIPUN Bharat Mission was created with the aim to achieve universal Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) by 2026/27. Beyond the half-way time, we are still struggling to realize its vision. Why? Can a pedagogical revolution and a joint effort make this possible?

Your participation at Synergy Summit 3.0, 23 - 25 September 2024, in Lucknow, will undeniably enrich the conversation and lead to critical action. There will be field trip to Lucknow's government schools where ALfA, a groundbreaking pedagogy is challenging the status quo.

Please confirm your attendance by completing the registration form.

dr. sunita gandhi
  • Convenor Synergy Summit
  • Former Economist, The World Bank, USA
  • Ph.D., Physics, Cambridge University, UK
  • CEO, DEVI Sansthan (Dignity Education Vision International)

Literacy: A Lift Off for All SDGs

Achieving universal literacy is crucial for meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – from fighting poverty to gender equality, from improving healthcare outcomes to citizen empowerment, from environmental sustainability to civic participation. The table below shows the key interlinkages between different SDGs and literacy.

SDG
Intersection with Literacy
1
2
Ending poverty
Ending hunger & malnutrition
If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty. 1 Ending poverty directly contributes to ending hunger.
3
Good health & well-being
Literacy has a huge impact on lowering child mortality, and 2 increases ability to engage with the healthcare system.2
4
Quality education
Literacy is the foundation of all education; without literacy, education is impossible.
5
Promoting gender equality
Literacy empowers women, helping them gain greater selfconfidence, respect and freedoms. In Africa, 20% of illiterate girls 3 are married before they turn 18, compared to 4% of literate girls.3
6
Clean water & sanitation
Literacy improves awareness of water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) issues, enabling people to advocate for clean water.
7
8
9
Affordable & clean energy
Decent work & economic growth
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Literacy improves employment prospects and income. Literate workers earn more than those who are illiterate, and nations with higher literacy rates have higher rates of economic growth. ALfA_Accelerating Learning for All focuses on 6C skills – collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, citizenship and character – which is crucial for innovative 4 industries, including renewable energy.4
10
Reduced inequalities
Literacy fosters greater social equality, empowering people from 5 disadvantaged castes and classes to stand up for their rights.5
11
12
Sustainable cities
Responsible consumption & production
Literacy aids greater awareness of environmental issues, and is also critical in reducing population growth, particularly by 6 empowering women to choose their family size.6
13
14
15
Climate Action
Life below water
Life on land
Compared to many literacy programs, ALfA booklets are extremely thin (just 72 pages to reach FLN), thus helping save paper and reduce deforestation.
16
Peace, justice and strong institutions
Literacy is critical to people’s ability to know their rights and engage in civic institutions, including the judicial system.
17
Partnerships for the goals
ALfA’s paired learning process embeds communication and character skills, helping build a generation of collaborators.

Synergy Summit 3.0

Threads

Public-Private Synergies: Catalyzing Literacy through Collaborative Efforts

  • Focus : Showcasing successful collaborations between government and corporate sectors in literacy programs.
  • Session Content : Case studies of successful public-private literacy initiatives.
  • Strategies for effective partnership formation and management.
  • Discussion on policy frameworks that facilitate public-private collaborations.

Community Alliances: Empowering Local Networks for Sustainable Literacy Impact

  • Focus : Strengthening community involvement and local partnerships to create a sustainable impact on literacy.
  • Session Content : Best practices for engaging local communities in literacy efforts
  • Role of grassroots organizations and community leaders in promoting literacy.
  • Tools and methods for assessing and scaling community-based literacy programs.

Global Partnerships: Adopting International Best Practices for Literacy Advancement

  • Focus : Learning from international collaborations and implementing best practices in literacy programs.
  • Session Content : Success stories of global literacy partnerships and initiatives.
  • Comparative analysis of literacy strategies across different countries.
  • Adapting global best practices to local contexts.

introducing Synergy Awards Elevating Education & Literacy

REAL CHANGE
TRANSPARENT CRITERION
INTERNATIONAL JURY

Synergy 3.0 would also celebrate impactful initiatives and achievements in education, focusing on critical goals: promoting innovative pedagogical practices, enhancing access to quality education, fostering gender equality, driving innovation, and advancing equity and inclusion within learning environments. The award categories include:

  • Foundational Learning & Numeracy (FLN) Excellence Award:Recognizing exceptional dedication and success in promoting foundational literacy and numeracy skills, particularly in underserved communities.
  • Girl Education Empowerment Award:Highlighting contributions to advancing girl education and empowering girls to access quality education and reach their full potential.
  • Innovative Education Technology Award:Celebrating innovative use of technology to enhance educational outcomes, with a focus on inclusivity and equity.
  • Community Engagement in Education Award:Acknowledging initiatives that engage local communities to support education and enhance learning opportunities.
  • Educational Equity and Inclusion Award:Honoring efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in education, ensuring equal opportunities for all learners and fostering inclusive learning environments.

TAKEAWAYS

CSR/Donor Agencies

Visit the Largest FLN Fair at the Global Learning Lab (see companion brochure)

Witness remarkable successes in the field

Interact with those making it happen

Visit public & private schools embracing change

Get informed of latest research findings

past speakers

NIXON JOSEPH

CEO, Children's Love
Castles Trust

ARCHANA JOSHI

Director
Deepak Foundation

K P FABIAN

Former
Ambassador

THIRUMALA AROHI

Senior Vice President
Infosys Ltd.

KAMAL GAUR

Deputy Director
Programs Education Save the Children

SANTOSH PHAD

Founder
Thinksharp Foundation

ANUSHREE MISHRA

Director of Programs
Plan International

SHAVETA SHARMA KUKREJA

CEO & MD, Central
Square Foundation

PRADEEP KUMAR

Director, Programs & Partnerships
Worldreader

VAIBHAV CHAUHAN

Project Manager
HCL Foundation

SWATI JHA

Program Director
American India Foundation

NANDITA RAVAL

Core Team Member
Piramal Foundation

AZADAR H. KHAN

Senior Vice President
Corporate Relations & CSR Sun Pharmaceutical Ind.

SUDARSHAN SUCHI

Chief Executive Officer
Bal Raksha Bharat

PRATYUSH DAS

Manager
American Indian Foundation

Amit Chandra

CEO
Centre for Civil Society

PROF. PRANATI PANDA

National Institute of Educational Planning & Administration (NIEPA)

ROBIN SARKAR

Project Director
Shiksha Shiv Nadar Foundation

TSERING YANGDOL

Head of Department
DIET, Leh, Ladakh

GAMBHIR AGARWAL

Group Head
CSR Relaxo Footwears

ANTONY NELLISSERY

Vice President
CSR, Sterlite Power

MAMTA SAIKIA

Chief Executive Officer
Bharti Foundation

PREETI MUNJAL

Executive Director
IIMPACT

JOANNE TELSER FRERE

Director of Program
Development Literacy Chicago

HEMANT MADEGOWDA

Head, CSR
Bangalore International Airport Ltd.

NEELIMA CHOPRA

 
HCL Foundation

BHASKAR CHATTERJEE

Chief Executive Officer
Anil Agarwal Foundation (Vedanta Group)

ASHWINI SAXENA

Chief Executive Officer
JSW Foundation

KUMAR ANURAG PRATAP

Vice President & Head CSR & Sustainability
Capgemini India

VIKRAM KUMAR

Head Partnerships & Communication
NIIT Foundation

SANDEEP SAHU

Co-Founder & Director
17000ft Foundation

GAURI MALAVIYA

Lead Partnerships
Thinkerbell Labs

ALfA Growing Worldwide

Schools of Iquitos, Peru, in collaboration with Arca Beta

Adult Literacy in Chicago, USA, in collaboration with Literacy Chicago

Schools in Malaysia in collaboration with the Baha’i community

Hindu Schools n Trinidad & Tobago

Schools of Iquitos, Peru, in collaboration with Arca Beta

Adult Literacy in Chicago, USA, in collaboration with Literacy Chicago

Schools in Malaysia in collaboration with the Baha’i community

Hindu Schools n Trinidad & Tobago

THE LARGEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLDHost for Synergy 3.0

Late Dr Jagdish gandhi

Founder Manager

Dr Bharti Gandhi

Founder Director

Dr Sunita Gandhi

CEO, DEVI Sansthan, Chief Academic Advisor

Prof. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

President & MD

City Montessori School (CMS), is a K12 school in Lucknow, India. It is the world’s largest school, a Guinness World Record holder since 1999, and recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, 2002.

CMS was founded by Drs. Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi in 1959. CMS upholds the motto of Jai Jagat: ‘Let glory be to the entire world’!

DEVI Sansthan–Dignity, Education, Vision International, is a global non-profit founded by Dr. Sunita Gandhi, daughter of the founders of CMS.

DEVI Sansthan has created disruptive solutions to solve the world’s biggest crises of foundational literacy and numeracy in education and of climate change through education.

Global Advisory Committee

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