StudyMall – Bridging Rural-Urban education divide – Computer Education in Government schools in Maharashtra

The necessity of a basic computer education is immense in this day and age. The lowest job to the highest job, the need for a computer is always there. As we become more technologically advanced, kids have started using computers and mobile phones since they start speaking. This helps them be smarter, worldlier wise and also be in touch with the relevant events of the world. This is a luxury for many kids in the rural areas of India. Hence, we as country should strive to bridge these barriers.

At the ThinkSharp Foundation, we believe that education for all should not be a luxury, but a necessity. In the 21st century, computers, technology and everything related to it, has become a way of teaching and learning. Why should the lesser privileged or the remote villages be deprived of them? ThinkSharp has come up with StudyMall, where the organization donates computers and the peripherals for students in the rural areas so that they have access to basic computer education.

The recent feather in their hat was the contribution of computers to a government school in the district of Raigad, Karjat Taluka in Maharashtra. The Z.P. School received computers, under the StudyMall project. This project successfully benefitted around 50 students from the village. They will be educated in the basics of operating a computer.

A quick conversation with the founder, Mr. Santosh Phad, made me realize how much we lack as a country in the basics of the educational system. While we, the privileged have pumped in more money than one can fathom into our private education, there are kids who do not even receive the bare necessities. We, as a community could do so much more to help these kids achieve their dreams and make “Education for all” a massive success. DHL Express was the god-sent contributor of these laptops.

The ratio of teachers to students in the rural set-up is rather disheartening to see. We have a larger amount of enrollment in the rural areas than in the urban. We need more teachers, moreover we need more computer aided teaching to be done in the remote areas so as to allow them quality education, without having to pay a bomb and travel.

We, at ThinkSharp Foundation would like to thank DHL in helping us realize the dreams of these kids.

Written By
Pratiksha Ghosh Vichhivora
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13th StudyMall launched at Z.P school , Rumhana, Tq Sindekhedraja, Dist.Buldhana

Thinksharp Foundation is growing and reaching more and more villages to help rural children by providing them better educational infrastructure. On 14 April 2018  we met another milestone, we launched 13th StudyMall at Z.P school , Rumhana, Tq Sindekhedraja, Dist.Buldhana.  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/

Children from the School posing for picture in there new “StudyMall” classroom.

This project was mainly possible due to support from all our donors, funders, supporters, local teachers, parents villagers and specially because of our mentor and supporter Mr.Chate Sir who is reputed Government officer himself committed for building strong Nation. Currently he is serving as  Assistant director at District Skill Development,Employment and Entrepreneurship Guidance Centre

Our Team including our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad and Rahul sonawane with our supporters from village and Mr.Sampat Chate sir.

This StudyMall  will be providing  these 84 and many more other children from Rumhane 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 84+ students. 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 .

Our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad speaking at the launch ceremony about importance of better educational infrastructure.

You can catch glimpses of opening ceremony and StudyMall at our facebook page-https://www.facebook.com/pg/ThinkSharpFoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1026428674163015

Rumhane is a small village with approximate total population of 1000 +.  Z.P.School of this small village is from  1st to 4th std and is Marathi medium school, with total student count 84 (40 boys and 44 girls). Total number of  teachers is 03. School has 6 classrooms.  (More details about our Pre launch inspection visit at http://thinksharpfoundation.org/blogs/blog/2017/11/18/children-from-village-rumhana-will-learn-read-play-better/

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 are happy to share that we also received Media Coverage for the event, to mention few is Coverage by Dainik Bhaskar, Divya Marathi and Buldhana Live.

Media Coverage in Divya Marathi Newspaper.

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.

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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