As a former public school art teacher, homemaker and mother I place great value on the importance of reading. My personal motto is “Children + Comic Books = Reading, Knowledge, Confidence and Creativity”.
Comic books can be used to engage a variety of learners, while promoting literacy, reading skills and fostering the love of reading. Comics teach children the art of storytelling through illustration and enable them to explore their artistic abilities. It is a natural progression for children, as a bridge to the next level of reading from the picture books of their younger years. I see comic books as an academic resource for communication in today’s world. The power of the graphic image is a language in itself that encourages one’s own interpretations, thoughts and personal values.
I often see text books in the school curricula as dull and boring, and as a result sometimes failing to sustain a child’s attention. Attending the ‘One Globe 2013: Uniting Knowledge Communities’ conference in New Delhi last month, which deliberated on the sustainability, quality and affordability of educational reform in congruence with a growing knowledge society, propelled me to take this thought further to educators, government officials, investors, policy makers, entrepreneurs, universities and NGOs in the South Asia region. At my talk at the session on ‘storytelling’, we concurred on how introduction graphic novels and comics in the curricula could serve as a means to stimulate young people in developing a love for their academia books.
While I shared my perspective on the need for this aspect of educational reform, it was also encouraging to note that there is a very strong awareness and commitment to provide the young girl child the right to proper education. Historically it is the mother who is the matriarch of the family and the one who creates an environment that fosters education. By providing a girl child with education, we empower her to raise a family, in which her children inevitably seek higher education and reap the benefits that stem from it.
To me, Globe One was a great endeavor in connecting knowledge societies and uniting them to find answers to the future of education and the skills requirements for the growing youth population in areas that have so far been neglected.
I reach out globally with the message Let us all bond relations,support our sisterhood’s dreams and encourage those dreams to have a ripple effect for our world.