Thinksharp Foundation is growing and reaching more and more village children to provide them better educational infrastructure. On 20 Dec 2017 we met another milestone, we launched 8th and 9th StudyMall at Z.P. School, Village Kalegaon and Z.P. School, village Kumbefal, Tq-Khamgaon at Dist Buldhana. The ribbon cutting ceremony was carried out by our Guide and Advisor Respected Bodade sir alonwith our international volunteer team from USA, Disha Karale, Dr.Vandana karale and Mr.Shridhar Karale. They were also joined by other local dignitaries such as Gram Panchayat and district officers.
This will help 500+ village children 15+ 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.
This was possible with the help of support from Respected Bodade sir and Bodade madam and Z.P.School teachers, Villagers, Gram panchayat and students .
Kumbefal and Kalegaon village are small villages located in Taluqa Khamgaon, close to Shegaon, Dist Buldhana. Approximate population of Kumbefal is 2800 and that of Kalegaon is 3500.
Kumbefal village Z.P. school is from 1st to 8th std (Marathi) and has 233 students and 08 Non RCC classrooms.Kalegaon village Z.P.School is from 1st to 7th Std Marathi medium and urdu medium,First and Second class semi English, 201 students and 9 classrooms out of which 7 are RCC .
We have set up Library and digital class for betterment of these 233 students. 2 classrooms are 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 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 on there learning. We will update you on same on periodic basis. Connect to our social media pages to get live updates.
On 16 Dec 2017, Our Founder Mr.Santosh phad was a speaker and panelist at most esteemed India Today School summit 2017, Mumbai. Thinksharp Foundation was proud to put across point of equal rural educational access at this summit. This summit was organised at Hotel Trident, BKC, Mumbai.This summit also had our respected Minister of higher and technical education Mr.Vinod Tawade.
In this summit Mr.Santosh was chosen as panelist for topic “Learning goes Digital-How does it work”. He was joined by other three experts in this field Mr.Nirav khambhati, CEO Tata ClassEdge, Mr.Sunil Khandbahale,Innovator and entrepreneur, Founder and CEO khandbahale.com and Sonali Patankar, Founder Responsible Netism. Mr Santosh put across the challenge we face i.e we have two parts of India i.e India and Bharat meaning there is a great divide in rural and urban education. He focused on how digital learning is need of hour and how it is changing the way children learn and adhere to schools in rural areas. Santosh also answered to question by curator of panel discussion Kavaree Bamzai on “What will he do if he was a student in today’s era” by again emphasizing the impact of digital technology on learning by saying that, he will certainly do more courses online to learn more such as using Coursera which he currently using and completing 3 courses as of today.
It was fully packed summit with attendedes such as numerous esteemed educationists from schools, institutes, colleges, not for profits working in education and educational infrastructure providers.
The topics at this summit were beautifully curated . They were very inspirational and motivational where lot of educational ideas and projects were put forward . This ideas and projects are transforming the way the education is made available to children today to make them better leaders and better human beings. The educational system is shifting to accommodate the way today’s generation want to learn that is creative, interactive way of learning.
The speaker’s included but not limited to Mr.Vinay Sahasrabuddhe,MP who spoke about the rural urban educational divide in very eloquent and relatable way.
Mr.Viswanathan, vice Chancellor of VIT university talked about idea of educational divide and digital education.
It was followed by a very motivational panel discussion where panelist included esteemed educationists such as Shaheen Mistri, Founder Aakanksha Foundation and CEO of Teach For India, Madhavi Tondi Head Symbiosis Schools Central Directorate , Suresh Subramanian COO Educate Girls and Indu Shahani Founding Dean of Indian School of Design. It was rightly pointed by everyone that access to education to every child of India is answer to making India a leading nation. It was also rightly pointed that involving children in policy making of education is important so as to understand what type of education methods children will prefer.
Other panel discussion involved topics such “A different School of thought -shaping learning minds” by speakers Molly Paul Principal Bombay Scottish school, Kasar Dopaishi, Principal, Singapore International School.
The speaker’s included our respected Mr.Vinod Tawade, Minister of Higher and Technical education, Maharashtra. Mr. Vinod Tawade spoke about autonomy in education sector, Govt’s policies that are implemented and modified to adapt today’s educational need.
This summit also saw other illuminating topics and experts . Such as “Autonomy in higher studies”, Don’t wait for change,be the change agents”, “ahead of curve blueprint for global tie-ups,” and “not so nil battey sannata”.
Other esteemed speakers included Sumeet kulkarni, Director Granny cloud, Seema Saini, CEO N.L. Dalmia educational Society, Vikas Kalyani, Founder AAS Vidyalaya, Madhu shree Shekhar ,Professor from TISS (Tata institute of social sciences), Malay Krishna Professor, SPJIMR(SP jain institute of management) Gayatri Nair Lobo Executive director Indian School leadership institute and Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Filmmaker.
Our team also attended this event comprising of our volunteers Mr.Bhagwan Jadhav and Dr.Shraddha Bhange.
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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Our National Story- National Digital Trailblazer award
We are happy to share that, we have received National Digital Trailblazers Award at Digital India Conclave, Delhi on 30th Nov 2016. Award presented by Hon’ble Union Minister for Electronics and IT for ( Gov.Of India ) Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad for our project StudyMall for bringing digital education to rural children of Maharashtra.
The Digital India conclave was initiated by India Today Television in association with HP India& KPMG.
The digital conclave was conclusive event of 8 such conclave’s carried out in 8 states of India in 2016. Digital Conclave is a very good initiative by India Today which traveled to 8 states of India that were Jharkand, Andhra Pradesh, Rajashtan, Gujrat, Odisha, Telengana, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra .
In simple words, Digital conclave selected individuals and organisations in these states that are integrating digital means to help society.
The State chapters concluded with a Grand National Digital Conclave in Delhi. Each state conclave addressed the fundamental pillars of healthcare, education and essential services and governance in the host state and how they used digital Technology to provide solutions to some of the key challenges in this sector.
For the national Digital conclave we were very happy and proud to hear Dignitaries like Mr.Rajdeep Sardesai renowned journalist, HP India MD Mr.Rajiv Srivastava, Mr.Pradyumma -Secretary to CM Of Andhra Pradesh and secretary to IT Govt of AP, Mr.Pradhan -IPS Former ADG Jharkhand Police, Mr. Agarwal – Principal Secretary Higher education, Govt of Chhattishgarh, Mr.Gupta – Commissioner of health and medical services, Govt of Gujarat, Ms.Aruna Sundararajan– Secretary Ministry of electronics and IT, Mr.Kiran Karnik – Former President NASSCOM, Mr.Leo Jospeh – Director HP India.
Other trailblazers winners included but not limited to organisations and individuals like HealthSaathilifecare, MrHimanshu Patel Sarpanch of Punsari Vilage, DrP. Rajalakshmi and Team IIM Hyderabad , Ms. Tanuja Raichura From Chattisgarh, Mr. Shadab Hassan from SPEAK organisation, Teamkhushibaby, and Swayamshree from Loke motors.
We were chosen from the state of Maharashtra to be awarded at National conclave “Digital Trailblazer award” for bringing digital education to rural parts of Maharashtra. We are proud to have received this award.
We are helping approximately 1700 rural children and four villages as of 2017. With the trust entrusted on us by this award we are geared up to help many more rural children and take StudyMall to every needed rural part of India.
We would like to extend thanks to all our supporters and donors . The list is exhaustive but to name a few – Bhagwan Jadhav Rahul Sonwane , Shraddha Bhange, Santosh Phad Sachin Pawar, Deepali Basur, Saurabh Mangrule , Amol Nikam and many more individual donors. Partner organisations such as Quarterpants Pratham Books Young Volunteer’s Organization , Milaap, BitGiving, Ketto and many more.