UNESCO and Penguin to publish a book on kindness in 2019

A two volume book series with stories from around the world

New Delhi 03 December 2018: UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development and Penguin announce the publication of a two volume book series next year. Titled Stories of Kindness from Across the World: Volume I and II (tentative title), the first book in the series is set to publish in June 2019.

The unique book series will feature some of the most transformative acts of kindness by youth from across the globe. The stories will be crowd sourced by UNESCO MGIEP during the International Youth Campaign on Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which was launched globally on October 2, 2018.

The campaign, which aims to mobilise youth action towards a more sustainable future, calls for youth to submit stories of goodwill and compassion related to one or more of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The stories will cut across boundaries of geography, gender, race and religion and will vary in levels of complexity.

Talking more about the book and the partnership, Prof. Anantha Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP said, “Humans are neurobiologically empathetic! This collection of stories of Acts of Kindness is meant to awake those emphatic qualities we have forgotten and help train each one of us to be compassionate to others but also to find that elusive peace within ourselves.”

Sohini Mitra, Associate Publisher, Penguin Random House India said, “This collection of stories on acts of kindness maybe just what we all need, one that inspires and endears us to other humans, shows the immense potential of goodwill and is relevant to everybody across the world. I am looking forward to working on this exciting project, and we hope our collaboration with UNESCO on this series will propagate a positive culture of empathy and love for those around us.”

Following are the directions for submission of stories:
a) For submission of one’s own story: https://bit.ly/2x2tFPx
b) For submission of someone else’s story: https://bit.ly/2NG3Pv8

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is UNESCO’s category 1 Research Institute that focuses on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 towards education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world. In line with its vision of ‘Transforming Education for Humanity’, the institute’s programmes are designed to mainstream Socio-Emotional Learning in education systems, innovate digital pedagogies and to put youth as global citizens at the centre of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

About Penguin Random House India
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Penguin Random House India’s illustrious list includes Booker Prize-winning novels and winners of virtually every major literary prize, including the Nobel Prize, the Magsaysay Award, the Jnanpith Award, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Several of PRHI’s authors are also recipients of the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s highest civilian honours.

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