Claire von Schilling
Penguin Random House, Executive Vice President Corporate Communications
Phone: + 1 212 782 98 76
Subject: Society, Media & Services
Books can educate people – for peace, as well. Since such a peace education is also the key concern of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), the institute and Penguin Random House India have now agreed on a strategic partnership. It aims to combine the MGIEP's expertise in peace education with the appropriate content of Penguin Random House India, the largest English language publisher on the Indian subcontinent. The two partners want to make a contribution towards raising the awareness of coming generations about the challenges confronting our world as well as possible solutions.
The partnership will for the first time be precisely expressed at an event in New Delhi, the "UNESCO MGIEP's 'Talking Across Generations through Education' (TAGe)". 50 young delegates will engage in an entirely open, virtual dialogue with international experts and politicians regarding the issue of how violence and extremism can be prevented through education – cross-culturally and cross-nationally.
Hemali Sodhi, Penguin Random House India's Sr. VP Marketing & Children's, comments on the partnership: "We're thrilled to be partnering with UNESCO MGEIP for their flagship town-hall series 'Talking Across Generations through Education (TAGe)'. Our authors are the thought leaders of today and tomorrow. Through their work, we aim to provide a platform that can engage the audience in a free-flowing dialogue on critical issues that affect the world. We hope that our endeavor is a success and that a global discussion will be generated from the digital display of the works of our authors."
Rukun Kaul, Digital Lead at Penguin Random House India, adds: "This is the first digital partnership of its kind and we hope that it strengthens the digital footprint of our books and maximizes the reach of our authors to a larger audience."
For MGIEP, Director Anantha Kumar Duraiappah welcomes the new partnership with Penguin Random House India: "Books have always had the power to provide perspective and insights into some of the most challenging issues we face, and we are positive that through this partnership we will be able to carry forward the global dialogue on critical matters in an open and transparent manner. We look forward to a fruitful association through our joint efforts."