Using a Q&A format I would like to share with you the most frequently asked questions which I get around the world when talking about the Namaste project.
Please do share your thoughts and ideas.
1. How to test if my library needs the “Namaste, Series!” of books?
Try finding in your library any inspirational stories from the global south (low-income countries/developing countries/third world) of contemporary figures that go beyond Gandhi, Mandela and Mother Theresa. The absence of any meaningful books that meet this criterion may help you consider “Namaste, Series!” of books.
2. What gap in school resources do “Namaste, Series!” of books try to address?
Global citizenship is a subject that is much talked about but suffers from a huge deficit in meaningful resource material from the global South. In a globalized world inspiration should flow freely across countries and cultures. The flow has predominantly been from the West to the East. Few stories of the East, that tell modern tales of great achievements in grave adversity while capturing lives, values, challenges and aspirations of other cultures reach audiences. The “Namaste, Series!” of books address this gap. They aim to advance global citizenship that goes beyond the 3 Fs- food, flag, and festivals. They tell true stories of contemporary social catalysts who have made this a better world. Their perseverance, determination and passion is inspiring and can inspire many more.
3. What diversity is represented in the choice of characters of the “Namaste, Series!”?
Diversity is the hallmark of these books. Five of the stories are of women catalysts, five have a rural setting, four represent ethnic minority groups; two are of sportspersons, two of health activists, two of environmental champions, two of the performing arts.
4. What is the audience of the “Namaste, Series!”?
Inspiration cannot be confined to age groups, neither can the inspiring stories of the “Namaste, Series” of books.
These books are for courageous educators who transcend borders and cultures in search of meaningful inspiration. They are for parents wanting tools for encouraging a growth mindset in their children. These stories are for young impressionable minds that may be inspired to become social catalyst of the near future.
5. How is the “Namaste, Series!” being used in schools?
The “Namaste, Series!” of book are used in various departments at international schools. An international School in Geneva, Switzerland is launching these books in different grades this year. Under the unit of inquiry on ‘Inspiration’, Grade 4 will be looking at the amazing story of a poor tribal girl from the state of Manipur who worked her way up and became the world women’s boxing champion. Grade 6 is taking up the book ‘Namaste, Dr. V’ in their unit of inquiry on ‘Innovation’. This is the story of a ‘disruptor’ who despite a serious disability went on to cure needless blindness among millions around the world. In their music class, Grade 7 & 8 are taking up the inspiring story of a boy who dropped out of school at the age of 13 to earn a living for his family and later went on to become a chart-busting, Oscars winning music composer.
Some middle school libraries are purchasing a couple of sets, which allows educators to conduct book-based project activities in class. Some class teachers choose to buy a set and keep it in their class libraries. Others are buying a copy for each student in the class of one title only that they find relevant to their subject.
Departments that can benefit from the “Namaste!Series” of books are:
a. Libraries- Primary, Middle and Senior School
c. Diverse: Under units of enquiry such as “Inspiration”, “Innovation”, “Health” and “Environment”.
d. Individuals and Societies
e. Music & Drama
f. Physical Education and Sports
g. Learning Support- the books have been crafted following the guidelines of the British Dyslexia Association.
6. Why is this called a social initiative?
We are committed, that for each book that is sold we will gift a copy to a school in rural India. Through this ‘Book4Book’ initiative, privileged young readers will be able to share inspiration with their less privileged counterparts.
7. What are the next titles in the “Namaste, Series!”
The next titles will include catalysts from around the world. We are committed to bringing out at least 10 titles a year.
8. How to place an order?
To request an order form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Is there any discount available on the “Namaste!Series”?
Not giving a discount allows us to maintain our social initiative ‘Book4Book’.
Inspire & be inspired!