Educators from all around Asia recently gathered for the 2011 Asian Literacy Conference in Penang, Malaysia. International Reading Association (IRA) Global Operations Unit staff, in conjunction with the Chair for the International Development in Asia Committee (IDAC), organized a full day leadership workshop on October 11, 2011, at the Berjaya Georgetown Hotel. The main focus of the leadership workshop was to encourage council and affiliate leaders in Asia to work on literacy leadership and capacity building activities for their organizations and to take advantage of the IRA resources available to members.
In attendance were representatives from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand, as well as the IDAC Chair Ms. Merlene Alon from the Philippines, former board members Rizalina Labanda and Dr. Maryanne Manning, Amy Awbrey Pallangyo (Project Manager of the IRA-GLPDN project), and three members of the IRA Global Operations staff, Sakil Malik, Amy Kushner, and Elizabeth Ndungu.
The leadership workshop included various topics such as: modeling and mentoring in leadership, capacity building, and membership development. The participants were also updated on the new IRA member network Engage as well as other online resources available to IRA committees. The IDAC committee members were presented with a handbook to guide them on IRA’s online resources and a guide to IRA awards and grants.
The workshop also featured a session on work plan development and affiliate capacity building presented by the Global Operations Unit director, Sakil Malik. Amy Awbrey facilitated the session on modeling and mentoring in leadership, and former board members Rizalina Labanda and Dr. Maryanne Manning presented on IRA’s Strategic Plan, membership development, and Celebrating Literacy Leadership around the World.
Preceding the leadership workshop was the IDAC business meeting conducted by IDAC Chair Ms. Merlene Alon. Participants discussed issues concerning the national affiliates in Asia, future national and regional conferences, and promising contacts and potential new affi liates in Timor-Leste, Nepal, Iraq, and Iran.
Pictured above: Sally Labanda
Leaders from the IRA’s International Development in Asia Committee (IDAC) and IRA staff met in Penang, Malaysia
This article was re-published from the December 2011/January 2012 print issue of Reading Today. Get news faster -- join IRA today!