Our founder Mr.Santosh Phad had an opportunity to provide insigths regarding working in and for an “not for profits” or social enterprises at an event organised for team of interns of another social enterprise “Mitti Ke Rang” on 17 Oct 2018 at Mumbai.
“Mitti Ke Rang” is an not for profit organisation who are doing excellent work for Advocating & Empowering the lives of 245 Million Widows and Their Children worldwide. You can check there work at https://www.facebook.com/mittikerangofficial
Our Founder shared lot of ideas and thoughts regarding various questions the interns had. He also had a chance to learn few things himself from this enthusiastic social activists. Certainly it was an positive meeting that opened a door of collaboration between two organisations working for good of society.
On 02 Oct 2018, Our Founder Mr.Santosh phad was panelist at most esteemed “MUNIJAN 2018″, social initiative organised by Mumbai University on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti at Mumbai University Fort campus.
Initiative was to promote social entrepreneurship to bring social innovation /ideas to save environment. Students from various management institutes from Mumbai presented their ideas. Students were very professional,passionate about creating healthy environment. It was wonderful intracting with Dr.Smita Shukla (Director ADMI, Mumbai) and Dr.Kavita Laghate (Director, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai) and Prof.Abhiraj Shivdas from Mumbai University.
MUNIJAN is an initiative taken by the University of Mumbai to embrace the core values of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
It was fully packed summit with attendees such as numerous esteemed educationists from schools, institutes, colleges, not for profits working in education, environment etc..
The topics at this summit were beautifully curated . They were very inspirational and motivational where lot ideas and projects were put forward to project environment.
We thank the organizers and attendee’s for this wonderful opportunity.
Our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad has been selected in top 100 social entrepreneurs by Action For India, AFI Forum 2018 powered by LetsEndorse, the forum was held at Imaginarium, AliGunjan, Alibhag, Maharashtra from 3rd Oct 2018 to 05 oct 2018.
The AFI Forum is the annual flagship event of Action For India, bringing 100 hand-picked social innovators together with influencers, Corporate CSR partners, Bureaucrats, Policy Makers, and impact investors to help those entrepreneurs scale their organizations. The Forum aims to benefit social entrepreneurs working in the following six sectors – agriculture, education, energy, healthcare, financial inclusion and livelihoods.
It was great platform to share with other fellow social entrepreneurs and know their innovative solutions to solve social problems.
Main attraction was insight from Mr.Sam Pitroda through video conference from Chicago. Our Founder interacted with him over phone and discussed how Government can frame favorable policies for Social Enterprises in India and how Business Schools can more focus on teaching social entrepreneurship along with preparing them for job ready.
Other esteemed speakers included but not limited to Mr.sanjay Kadaveru (Founder, AFI) , Amit Chandra ( MD,Bain Capital), Asha Jadeja (Founder, Rajeev Circle Fellowship), Ms.Prerana Langa (CEO, Yes Foundation), Sister Jayanti (European Director, Brahma Kumaris) R.Chandrashekhar( President, NASSCOM Foundation).
Few highlights included Mr. Amitabh Kant, the CEO of Niti Aayog, who talked about social entrepreneurial landscape of India. Asha Jadeja Motwani, talked about what social entreprises should consider for their scaling journeys. Dr. Annurag Batra (Business World), about his plans to launch a special issue of the magazine focused on social entrepreneurship
Inspiration comes in all sizes and shapes . Today’s inspiration that I would like to share is story of Darshan and Omkar Hilal both of them are 5th standard students in a small village.
Why are they inspiring us? Because they show us that when we want something for ourselves, we need to learn, acquire knowledge and for that we should be 100% committed. And this also means giving up easy choices and coming out of comfort zone to learn and do better.
They both are users of our StudyMall project at one of our partner school Z.P.School Antrad Need, Tq.Karjat, District Raigad. And they chose this school despite having to travel 6 km every day with 100% commitment. They gave up the comfort of going to a school which was much closer, they face travelling challenges every day and despite all odds attend school everyday so they could learn better from the better educational infrastructure provided at this particular school.
Z.P.School Antrad Need has collaborated with us to run StudyMall from Dec 2017, which offers them computer education, digital learning, books, toys and educational games.
For them 6 km is not a distance to travel, but a runway to fly high and achieve their dreams.
At first, both of their parents were worried about 6km daily travel and time and money spent on it. However these two children convinced there parents that better learning facility is more important for their education than the travelling efforts. Surprised by this commitment parents decided to see the facilities the school was offering. After they visited school, they were convinced about the better learning experience this school was offering. They knew their children had better chances of having equal education opportunity as compared to urban children in this school. Hence they permitted Darshan and Omkar to continue with the Z.P.School, Antrad Need Village.
Parents were proud to support their children’s commitment who choose to “travel more” to “learn more”.
Both of them attend school every day by traveling 6 km distance because they love their school and the infrastructure that StudyMall offers.
A good infrastructure is only effective with dedicated teachers and for this school we have equally dedicated and committed teachers Mr.Ravi Pashte sir and Mrs.Asha Kharat.
Children and teachers from this school are so committed towards making best of the quality education available in their school, they are our motivation behind successfully running of our project since Dec 2017.
After noticing the kind of positive response, we opened the StudyMall door to other children who are not enrolled in the school. Parents have become more aware about the importance of education and are encouraging children to spend maximum of their time in learning and educating themselves.
Like Antrad Need school, we want to make every rural school and every village ready for 21th century education and give them what they deserve. Your support can help us to reach every village and offer StudyMall to each child. Click Here to support.
Thinksharp Foundation is growing and reaching more and more villages to help rural children by providing them better educational infrastructure. On 21 April 2018 we met another milestone, we launched 19th StudyMall at Z.P school, Pastepada, Shahapur,District-Thane .With this StudyMall we are reaching now 4000+ rural children and more than 100 teachers in our StudyMall schools. This Project was sponsored through our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) partnership with Endurance International Group, a renowned Technology company (More details –https://india.endurance.com/about-us/)
This project was mainly possible due to support from all our donors, funders, supporters, local teachers, parents and villagers .We thank especially our local supporter and volunteer Mr.Ravi Paste Sir who himself is full time Teacher but is helping us in reaching more and more villages to provide better educational infrastructure.
This StudyMall will be providing these 19 school students and many more other children from Pastepada Village – a chance to read books and enjoy there childhood, chance to sing along , dance along while watching poems on digital projector and learn easily difficult concepts in various subject such as science through digital learning and chance to develop there talent in arts,crafts and enjoy other better educational infrastructure.
We have set up Library and digital class for betterment of these 19+ rural children and to help 02 teachers of this school to teach in better way. 1 classroom is converted to appear child friendly by painting it with animations and colors as advanced hub of learning with lots of books in drawing, stories, DIY hobbies, and digital/e-learning .Total classroom are 02 RCC classroom.
You can catch glimpses of opening ceremony and StudyMall at our facebook page .
Pastepada is a small village with approximate total population of 200+ apprx. Z.P.School of this small village is from 1st to 4th std and is Marathi medium school.
We thank all our partners for infrastructure solutions E-Prashala, Pratham Books, Jyotsna Publication. We thank our Sponsor Endurance International Group, and also extend our thanks to our individual supporters and donors.
We wait for more feedback from students and teachers on usage of StudyMall and its impact on there learning. We will update you on same on periodic basis. Connect to our social media pages to get live updates.