Kezang Cholden, Program Officer, READ Bhutan
Susan Schnuer, Associate Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of IL
Ruhi Seth, Training Officer, READ India
Durgesh Kumar Yogi, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, READ Nepal
Join this interactive session to learn how READ Global approaches community library partnerships in Bhutan, India, and Nepal. READ partners with rural villages to establish community library and resource centers (READ Centers) as vehicles for social and economic transformation. READ works in communities where literacy rates are often less than 50%, and most people live below the poverty line. Centers are owned and operated by the local community, and offer educational resources, services and training programs to people of all ages and backgrounds. Partnerships are a critical component of the READ Global approach.
Latest Activity: Nov 20, 2015
READ Bhutan (BT)
Kezang Cholden joined READ Bhutan in July 2010. She was stationed in Ura for 4 months to work with the Ura READ Center and its community to strengthen programs and activities. She oversees activities for other upcoming READ Centers across Bhutan. Before READ, Kezang worked for Kuzoo FM, a youth radio station, as the Program Coordinator. She graduated from North Bengal University in India with honors in literature in 2006. She also has a post-graduate diploma in radio journalism from Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, India.
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois (IL)
Susan Schnuer has worked at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs since 1992 and has developed its training programs and managed new initiatives. The Mortenson Center offers intensive professional development programs that are tailored to meet the unique needs of librarians around the world. Susan has been actively involved in projects and training in Central America, China, Ghana, Latvia, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The projects have ranged from helping university libraries to automate to developing strong leadership in the library community. Susan has recently provided training to library communities in Kazakhstan and Myanmar.
READ India (IN)
Ruhi Seth has extensive experience in language and professional development training, as well as counseling. She began working with READ India in 2012 as a Master Trainer for the Training of Trainers (ToT) model at several rural READ Centers. She joined the READ India team in 2014 as Training Officer. Prior to her work with READ, Ruhi worked as a Provincial Civil Registration Officer. She has also worked as a freelance voice artist and radio anchor.
Durgesh Kumar Yogi
Monitor and Evaluation Officer
READ Nepal (NP)
Durgesh Kumar Yogi joined READ Nepal in July of 2012 as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. He is responsible for the overall monitoring and evaluation of READ Nepal and provides support to READ India and Bhutan, as well. Prior to joining READ, Durgesh worked with Partnership for Sustainable Development Nepal, UNICEF Nepal and the District AIDS Committee of Dang. Durgesh holds a master's degree in public health from State University of Bangladesh and a bachelors in commerce from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
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