Book reading session titled, ‘When We Thrive, Our World Thrives’ held

XISS, Ranchi and Dream A Dream, a Bangalore based organisation collaboratively organized an Interactive Book Reading and Panel Discussion with Dr Connie K Chung, Author of 'When We Thrive, Our World Thrives'. The book, co-authored with Vishal Talreja, Co-founder of Dream a Dream, delved into the inspiring stories of 20 programme alumni of Dream A Dream and their journey from adversity to thriving. The interactive book reading session and interactions with faculty and students was held at XISS Auditorium.

Author of the book, Dr Chung addressed the gathering during the event and said that, through this book, her aim was to amplify the voices of those who have overcome challenges. She mentioned that the book not only shares stories of change but also shows how proper support from caring adults can help young minds thrive and lead their communities.

Earlier, during this unique book reading session, Dr Joseph Marianus Kujur SJ, Director, XISS Ranchi, mentioned that creating an enabling environment and supportive ecosystem help young people coming from socially adverse backgrounds to thrive and be successful. He highlighted that we all should also identify powerful stories of young people thriving in Jharkhand so that these stories inspire and motivate many young people.

Further, Ms Parul Sharma, Education Specialist-UNICEF Jharkhand during the session said that there is a need to connect with young people, have open and honest dialogues. Many young people in Jharkhand are shunning stereotypes related to gender and social categories, are emerging as their own advocates.

Sharique Mashhadi, Associate Director, Dream a Dream highlighted saying, thriving needs a supportive adult to guide and mentor with right information for developing their mindset to grow better in future.

It is worthy to mention here that, Shahid Afrid, one amongst all these survivors and whose story is featured in this book, shared that with care and support, he not only changed the script of his life, but he wrote his own script.

Ms Aayurshi Sahay, Officer, Branding & Accreditation, XISS expressed the vote of thanks and mentioned this as a unique initiative of XISS in organising a book reading session. More such interactive sessions would be organised for students and faculty members in future. The event was a huge success with everyone leaving the premises with a renewed outlook towards life.

About the Author:

Dr Connie K Chung is from Harvard School of Education and has served as Associate Director and is a highly recognized author on capturing and contributing in international education. She has been attached with OECD, which is a global policy forum that promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.