11th StudyMall launched at Z.P.school Aswalamba village, Dist beed

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.
You can catch glimpses of opening ceremony and StudyMall at our facebook page-https://www.facebook.com/pg/ThinkSharpFoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=966159173523299
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.

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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India Today School Summit 2017-Our founder Santosh Phad as a panelist Speaker

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.
Know more in audiovisual way  watch our video @https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5jxmMi90uY&feature=youtu.be
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.

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Teach For India TFIx program attended by our founder.

Our founder Mr.Santosh Phad was one of the selected social entrepreneurs in round 1 of a selection process for a TFIx  incubation program by Teach for India (TFI)  07 and 08 Dec 2017 at Mumbai. TFIx is a year-long Incubation Program and lifelong Learning Circle, for passionate entrepreneurs working in the education space

TFI is an esteemed non-profit organisation (http://www.teachforindia.org/). TFIx, will provide yearlong support to those who are  selected as they set up their organisations.This program will provide support, one to one mentor ship and guidance to fellow entrepreneurs.

As a part of the selection process of the TFIx program, there was a  2 days program arranged in Mumbai on 07 and 08 Dec 2017. Our Founder Mr.Santosh was chosen in round 1 and was qualified for this 2 days selection process of the program.The program was attended by many chosen fellow social entrepreneurs.

Mr. Santosh proposed Thinksharp foundation’s work, our theory of rural educational change, how we will bring that change in rural educational infrastructure through StudyMall during this program.

Many esteemed experts and social entrepreneurs from organisations such as – Hope Of People everywhere (www.hopeeverywhere.in), Universe Simplified (www.Universsimplified.org), Bridges of Sports, Vardhishnu (www.vardhishnu.org), Vidyaposhak, Knowyourstar, Causetoconnect, vaani, Antarang foundation attended the program.

During this workshop all the entrepreneurs had chance to visit a municipality school in Mumbai. This school is under one of the TFI fellow. The visit provided a chance to understand the problems faced by this TFI fellow in implementing better educational program in that municipality school, how to invent solution for those problems  and how to measure the impact of solution provided.

We wish best luck for TFIx program which will help many entrepreneurs reach each and every nook and corners of India in bringing better educational infrastructure. TFIx program will equip entrepreneurs to implement there innovative solutions in education.  To know more about this innovative fellowship and innovative work by TFI log on to .http://www.teachforindia.org/node/547

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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Kalyachiwadi (Dist-Raigad)-Upcoming StudyMall project-Digital Class

Thinksharp Foundation team is helping 5 villages and approx more than 3000 rural children by providing  better rural educational infrastructure  through 5 StudyMall projects as of Aug 2017.

Our aim is to put one village one StudyMall throughout India. As we are progressing we are getting lot of inquiries to establish StudyMall from lot of villages . While we would love to help and set up StudyMall in each and every village that approaches us, however due to funds and operational challenges we prioritize villages.

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Thinksharp foundation team has decided to help 10 villages in this financial year (preferably by Dec 2017). Out of this 10 villages one is Village Kalyachiwadi which will have Digital class under StudyMall project.

Thinksharp Foundation team Shraddha and Santosh visited village  Kalyachiwadi  as a part of pre visit on 05 Aug 2017. We were very fortunate to have with us Mr.Paste sir who has been very helpful and supportive throughout our entire visit of villages in Raigad district.

Kalyachiwadi  is a small village in Tq.Karjat, Dist Raigad with a total population of 186 people. The total number of school/college going students is apprx 16. Nearest railway station is Neral connected by Mumbai rail.There is only school in the village i.e. Raigad Z.P.School Kalyachiwadi.

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We visited Raigad Z.P.School Kalyachiwadi  which enrolls children from 1st to 5th std . The total number of students in school is 23 (16 boys and 07 girls).Total number of teachers is 02 . There are total 02 RCC classrooms . There is no library, digital projector, computer, solar lamps or extra curricular activity infrastructure for children. There is  electricity supply but it has power cut issues.

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This is tribal school and many of the students are from poor family background. When we talked to students and discussed with teachers, we realized  they have lot of potential to develop and grow provided they have access to better educational infrastructure. The children were less interactive due to language barrier and maybe lack of confidence. This village is in the interiors with no access to outside world making this children less interactive. 

We were requested by parents, teachers and students to provide them with library, digital projector and any other beneficial educational infrastructure.

We are very excited to help this 23  students read and learn better. Our StudyMall project-Digital class  in this school will create an motivation and increase interest among the tribal students to attend school. We aim to provide them games, toys and books that will enhance there interaction and confidence.  Moreover it will also increase awareness among the parents on importance of education.

Please help us in providing them better rural educational infrastructure.

You too  can donate and support to help many other rural children learn, read and grow better. You will also gain from the donation as all our donations have tax benefits.

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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Success stories of your donation for better rural education

I am personally charged up every time i have chance to visit our StudyMall projects location. It really makes me happy to know how StudyMall is helping rural children in making there learning journey more enjoyable. So i thought of sharing few examples with you, the donors and supporters of StudyMall to make you happy equally like me.

Our first project StudyMall at Surungali village is operational since Sep 2013. It is always a surprise and pleasure to meet children of Surungali village and see them grown up bit more every time.

One of our frequent StudyMall user Shraddha who was in 5th std and now in 9th std, has grown up so much. In one of our recent visit, she shared me so many ways StudyMall helped her. She shares her journey with so much passion with me. She says, StudyMall provided her and all her friends a place to sit, study and enjoy learning after school. It provided them extra curricular books to learn new things and aid them in debate, essay and other such competitions in their school. StudyMall helped her by providing solar lamps  when she wanted to study when there was power cut in Surungali village.low meme 3

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Our Another user Kajal shares how she loves peace and quite in StudyMall after her school hours in afternoon to paint and draw.

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While for Atish, kunal and Rohit StudyMall provides them a place to study together and  help each other in homework.

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Kunal and aditya have discovered a new fun game to learn geography when they sw a big world map in StudyMall. They  play a game  where they challenge each other to find a country, city or places on a Map. Here they are finding Nepal.

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Having a computer in their small village is also a great chance for them to learn computer. Kunal is trying to work on computer.

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There are many such stories where we felt thankful to our supporters for providing rural children StudyMall.

Another interesting recent story  is from  our third StudyMall project at Vangani Village , Dist Thane.  Here children could learn the laws of gravity through a movie shown on digital projector to them.

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I personally want to share each story with our supporter and i will try to do so. Meanwhile a big thank you to all who believed in us and supported our five projects and five villages so far.

For all those who want to help us reach more village children you can donate now. Your donation will help us in creating many more success stories like this. It will also benefit you financially as our donations have Tax benefit. 

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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Donate –http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

 

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