Thinksharp Foundation is growing and reaching more and more villages to help rural children by providing them better educational infrastructure. On 23 Dec 2017 we met another milestone, we launched 12th StudyMall at Z.P.School Aswalamba, Tq-Parali Vaijnath, Dist Beed.
This project was mainly possible due to support from all our donors, funders, supporters, local teachers, parents villagers and specially because of our team member Mr.Nitin Dhakne.
This will help primary students from 1st to 7th std of marathi medium i.e total 175+ village children 8+ teachers in learning and teaching in better way as StudyMall will be providing them digital learning and library plus arts,crafts and other educational infrastructure.
Aswalamba is a small villages located in Taluqa Parali Vaijnath, with approximate population of 1850 and no other school or NGO in nearby vicinity.
We have set up Library and digital class for betterment of these 175+ students. 1 classroom is converted as advanced hub of learning with lots of books in drawing, stories, DIY hobbies, and digital/e-learning in motivational classroom painted in animated child feeling way.
We thank all our partners for infrastructure solutions E-Prashala, Pratham Books, Jyotsna Publication.
We wait for more feedback from students and teachers on usage of StudyMall and its impact onthere learning. We will update you on same on periodic basis. Connect to our social media pages to get live updates.
We are very happy to share that our 7th StudyMall Project was launched on 02 Dec 2017 at Balpan English School. On occasion of the opening ceremony a science exhibition was also presented by 150+ school’s talented little scientists . Children made windmill, sound and air properties, volcano eruption, rainbow formation, motor driven boat, sprinkler irrigation, ATM machine, Hydraulic lift etc as part of science exhibition.
This School is started by a very dynamic couple and social entrepreneurs themselves Mr and Mrs Munde. They both have two talented children Pratik and Varad, and they realized they had to send there eldest Son Pratik to a town place to study in English medium. This created an impact on both of them and it put them in direct contact with the problems faced by parents who are forced to send children to towns and cities for better educational facilities. To overcome this , they are running a State approved English School in a small village Panodi, which is in Tq-Sangamner, Dist Ahmednagar (40 km from Shirdi ) Maharashtra, India. There youngest son Varad is studying in same school in 4th std.
The school is a 2 storey building with lights tubes fans and ample ground with playground. They are trying best to upgrade school infrastructure everyday. School has total 167 students from 1st to 5 th std. The staff (approx 8 teachers in total) is highly qualified and motivated to educate and teach this talented set of children.
On 15 Aug 2017, Team Thinksharp Foundation attended Independence day event Balpan English school. We were highly convinced by there dedication and commitment for betterment of educational infrastructure and hence decided to help them more from our side.
On 02 Dec 2017, we formally launched StudyMall in this school. This StudyMall project provides them with Digital projector which is solar based and has all the needed academic contents plus non academic extracurricular contents for interactive learning. We aim to help them more in long term by providing them more learning tools as they need.
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The most satisfying thing is giving back without expecting returns and appreciations. But we all are humans and we do love appreciations and we love to know what and how our help did better for the person we helped.
To all our supporters who believed in helping rural children read,learn and play better by supporting our project StudyMall , we would like to tell ” YES YOUR SUPPORT IS INDEED CHANGING RURAL CHILDREN’S LIVES”.
Well we can’t quantify each and every way rural children are getting benefited by StudyMall, but we can surely update you on few measurable impact that occurred recently.
You are now helping five villages (June 2017, to know exact locations of project click here http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/projects/study-mall) and that is around more than 3000rural children. You are responsible for providing books to read , colors to paint, pencils to draw, space to play a educational game, learn computer and enjoy learning even complex topics with the help of digital projector and many more such educational infrastructure.
There are many success stories we would like to share but we would like to mention about our first StudyMall project Surungali village story.
This is story of brilliant student Avinash Dandge. He is a resident of Surungali village and he has been frequently coming to StudyMall since its inception in Sep 2013. He says that StudyMall provided him a quite environment to sit and study after school and also non academic, grammar, essay writing and language books that helped him prepare for his written and communicative skills. StudyMall has also provided him access to computer which he used to prepare for his exams. During power cut in village, it was StudyMall where he could study with the help of Solar lamps. StudyMall also gave him a friend and mentor Arun, our project volunteer. Arun helped him in discussions about complex topics during his exam time.
Although he gives a major credit to StudyMall for his success of scoring 91% in SSC (10th std) exam, we know it’s his hard work and intelligence. Avinash hopes to be doctor some day, we wish him best luck and we promise to help him further if needed.
There are many students who scored very well with the help of StudyMall in surungali village in not just SSC but also in various other grades.
Since its inception till 4 years til now StudyMall is acting as a catalyst in success of Surungali village children.
We congratulate Avinash and students like him for there achievements.
You too can donate and support for students like Aviansh to read, learn and be better by providing them right educational infrastructure in there villages. Also your donations will help you as all our donations have tax benefit.
It is always very important for us as a parents to know that our children are doing there best in studies. And for an Indian parent it is becomes more critical that there child scores well in 10th and 12th standard. This two examinations are like exams for parents themselves.
Although we at StudyMall believe that every child is special, some score very well in academics and some shine in other domain they are passionate for . But having access to right educational infrastructure to explore, learn and grow in one’s passion is very important. As a parent we do our best to give access to our children right kind of educational infrastructure, at right time more so when they are in 10th or 12th std.
That’s what we also did, we tried to provide best possible infrastructure for rural children of our five projects. Here is a success story of one of our five projects of Varangaon village where 10th std students shined in there exams with the help of facilities provided by StudyMall.
On 11 July 2015 we opened our second StudyMall project at G.S.C High school, Varangaon village Dist Jalgaon. This project started in collaboration with G.S.C HIGH school teachers and school committee. Our special supporter and local volunteer Amol Awatare’s family, especially Mr. Chandrashekhar Awatare sir made this project a success.
This StudyMall Caters to school students from 1st to 12th standard. It provides students with lot of books (academic and non academic) educational games and a space to sit after and during school to study.
Students of G.S.C high school always provide us positive feedback on frequent basis how they benefit from StudyMall in their school. Many students tell us that it has opened up a space for them to read extra, study extra and do so much together to learn and grow new skills and understand various topics.
StudyMall has been helping them since 2 years now. Recently we got letter from school about excellent 10th std results and how StudyMall was one of the factor for this positive results .
We congratulate G.S.C high school teachers and students for overall result of 80% for SSC (10th std) . Special mention to students – Karthik Choudhari (94%) Kurkure Kunal, Patil Rupali, Palwe Pawan (92%) Bauskar Dipali (92%) who passed with flying colors.
You too can donate and support us to reach your village, to help more rural children reach there maximum potential. And your donation will not only help rural children but also you, as your donation will have tax benefit.
ThinkSharp Foundation was one of thefinalist for Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017, (SM4E2017) held on 29 April 2017 at Delhi. We were nominated as finalists out of 162 entries from South Asian organisations. Our project StudyMall for its unique and innovative social media marketing on various platforms such Facebook Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Milaap, Bitgiving etc was nominated in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding category at SM4E2017 awards.
But what is the story here ? Is it relevant to you ? Well if you love Facebook, Twitter , Instagram etc then yes its relevant to you……..
Everybody loves Facebook because we want to know what is happening with my neighbors, colleagues or friends… We love twitter because we want to know what is happening in our society , nation and world. And we absolutely love Instagram because we want to see cool pictures of mouth watering food, best makeup trends etc. And we cannot survive without Whatsapp…where our day starts with good morning messages and ends with good night .
Well I can name many apps that we use daily and we cannot survive without them. Because for most of us they are entertainment , for few maybe source of knowledge and further few source of leaning and communication.
But what if i told you there are some individual who are using these social media apps for bringing positive reforms in society … Shocked and curious..
To briefly give you idea lets take our example , how we used social media for creating positive reform. Thinksharp foundation raised major amount of expenditure needed for our rural education project StudyMall through social media campaigns and crowdfunding websites. The fund raised was apprx more than 2 lacs. This fund was used for creating digital libraries in 2 villages-
Read further to know how YOU can also be the Social change maker by using this social media apps on your phone.
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) is one such great and unique organisation which is aiming to use every digital method to be made available for every citizen. They are doing it through multiple channels by reaching out to multiple stakeholders and also by appreciating and bringing such organisations on common platforms . They aim to connect unreached and undeserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions.
DEF alongwith Friedrich Naumann Foundation hosted the 4th Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017 (SM4E2017) at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on April 29. They felicitated innovating organisations in digital media space . 16 were awarded as Winners, seven received Special Mentions and three were recognized for Chairman’s Recommendation.
Our project StudyMall was in category Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding for SM4E2017 awards. It was an honor and privilege for us to attend the award ceremony conducted at Delhi. Our Volunteer Dr.Shraddha accepted the appreciation certificate on behalf of all our team and supporters.
On this occasion we would like to thank all of our team members especially those who help in digital media marketing Mr.Bhagwan, Mr. Rahul, Mr.Nilesh, Miss. Disha, Miss Durva, Quarterpants organisation, and many more. All of you who shared, liked, commented, donated, clicked on our Social media platforms this is a Thank you to you all.
We were also inspired and motivated by the speeches and thoughts shared by esteemed jury and guests of SM4E2017 award event. Esteemed panel included but not limited to Mint Editor Sukumar Ranganathan, Change.org Country Director Preethi Herman, GoNews Founder-Editor Pankaj Pachauri, Indian Railways DG(PR) Anil Saxena, Huffington Post India Editor-in-Chief Sruthijith KK and Digital India Foundation Co-Founder Arvind Gupta., Mr. Rajeev Mehrotra, Founder & Managing Trustee of Public Service Broadcasting Trust and Trustee-Secretary of The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH The Dalai Lama, Osama Manzar Founder & Director Digital Empowerment Foundation, Dr. Ronald Meinardus Regional Director South Asia, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Natasha Badhwar Columnist and Filmmaker, Malini Gupta Program Director,RBS Foundation India and many more.
It was an honor to be able to meet the amazing winning and nominated organisations that are doing great job in there respective domain to bring out social empowerment in society with help of digital media.
Few of the organisations to mention are Everyday Mumbai and Morango, Jan ki baat in Citizen Journalism, Explaining India’s Laws, Dhwani Rural Information Systems, Sahapedia in Communication, Advocacy & Development Activism, I Will Go Out and Bindi Bottoms in women empowerment , Karvaan: A Roving Book Project and Janaagraha Centre For Citizenship and Democracy in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding, BBC Media Action (Bangladesh), Development Consortium| Love Matters India, Janwaar Castle in community mobilization.
This event surely taught and inspired us to know how we can also use Social media and digital innovation to create an positive impact in Society. We request you to visit profiles of organisations mentioned here to learn about there inspiring stories of bringing social change with the help of social media and digital platforms.