PACE – Partnerships for Action in Education, the Hindustan Times Newspaper in Education Programme was launched in Delhi on 6th July 1998. As a concept, Newspaper in Education was pioneered by the New York times in the 1930’s, based on substantial evidence that newspaper reading enhances reading, writing and spelling abilities as well as increase current event knowledge.
A trusted partner of schools, HT-PACE continuously endeavors to add value to education and a new dimension to classroom teaching. PACE today, is a front runner of all NIE (Newspaper in Education) initiatives of the country that has made the newspaper an integral part of a child’s curriculum, whilst bringing around significant value addition in and around the editorial product.
The programme presently reaches out to over four lakh students across fifteen hundred schools in Delhi & NCR and not just has its own exclusive issues for Students, Schools but also provides curriculum support, conducts exclusive interactive sessions, seminars for students/principals/teachers coupled with a host of events and inter-school competitions.
In a short span PACE has received recognition both at National and International levels, and is today a globally recognized Newspaper in Education Programme appreciated by:
• Former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
• The World Association of Newspapers.
• UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIC, WHO
• The World Bank
• Save the children, UK
• The Rotary club of Kolkata
• The Society for Unaided Private Schools of Rajasthan
• Ms. Annapoorna Sehgal, Head – HT PACE is the recipient of:
The Global Education Lifetime Achievement Award - 2012
The Delhi State and National Teacher’s Award - 2010
The World Young Reader Award - 2006
The World Young Reader Award - 2005
The International Women’s Day Award - 2004
State and National Teachers Association Award - 2004
The Dr. S Radhakrishanan National Teacher’s Award - 2003
Awarded by former Deputy Prime Minister Shri L. K. Advani for contribution to education - 2003
The Tecnia Chalchitra Award - 2003
We at the Hindustan Times are committed towards ensuring continued, dedicated, top quality value addition to PACE and through it to the entire academic community. Our mission, ‘bringing the world into the classroom’ focuses on:
• Inculcating the reading habit amongst students.
• Promoting literacy by improving reading, writing, spelling abilities and current event knowledge.
• Sensitising students to global issues of peace, tolerance, gender, environment and democracy.
• Adding value to education by bringing together resources from leading institutions and to providing a platform for schools to interact with each other and with the communities they function in.
• And maintaining standards of world class excellence in NIE.
“We believe that the education process should equip students with a spirit of enquiry and inculcate in them analytical abilities as well as the power to realise their true potential. Towards this end, PACE has endeavoured to bring together the entire community, be it students, teachers and principals or corporates, NGOs, Government and UN agencies and individuals from all walks of life, to help build responsible and better informed citizens and life-long learners, with the Newspaper being the facilitator”, Annapoorna Sehgal, Head-Education, HT Media Ltd.
KEY PACE CONSTITUENTS
• HT Student Edition- a first of its kind eight page student edition with greater focus on science and technology, environment, nature, fitness and sports. A harmonious blend of youthful design and relevant issues of interest, HT-Student Edition is all about opening the students’ mind to broader vistas of thought and learning-educating, entertaining and thought provoking.
• HT School Times- A weekly four page colour supplement - combines learning with fun and tests students’ general knowledge. HT School Times carries school news, puzzles, crosswords as well as student entries in the form of paintings and poems. Encouraging children to explore their creative potential. The supplement, continuously strives to balance education with fun.
• Special interactive workshops for students, principals and teachers.
• Curriculum Support Packages for teachers that links the newspaper to the grade-wise curriculum of schools making teaching more fun and learning more exciting.
• Events: PACE events have emerged as the most laudable in the school circuit and are marked by tremendous value that participants derive from them. Each year PACE hosts a plethora of events, inter-school competitions and fun-filled contests as well as exclusive sessions for Principals and Teachers.
The most recent event has been, ‘Annual PACE Principals’ Meet’ that took place in July, 2015; where over 700 Principals from various schools of Delhi and NCR participated. This event, held exclusively for principals, has in the past, included interesting and meaningful performances such as Tiranga, Bharatnatyam on wheels, entertaining theatre productions and several motivational performances.
This year PACE presented ‘Beyond Boundaries…’ a concert transcending the barriers of race, nationality and religion, spreading the message of peace and harmony, tolerance and integrity through music presented by none other than Padma Shri Usha Uthup.
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