To learn more,travel more-Inspiration from two 10 years old.

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.

Darshan and Omkar  5th Std students

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.

StudyMall offers computer education in school

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”.

Digital Classroom in school

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.

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer for Thinksharp Foundation
http://www.ThinksharpFoundation.org

 

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19th StudyMall launched at Z.P school, Pastepada, Shahapur,Dist Thane

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/

StudyMall Launch Ceremony.

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.

Teahers, Guests,students at the StudyMall

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.

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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Eighth and Ninth StudyMall Launched at Kalegaon and Kumbefal Village

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.
You can catch glimpses of opening ceremony of StudyMall on our facebook page-For StudyMall launch at Z.P.SCHOOL, Village Kalegaon-https://www.facebook.com/pg/ThinkSharpFoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=964283767044173
For StudyMall launch at Z.P.SCHOOL , Village Kumbefal –
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.

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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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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Aswalamba (Dist -Beed) 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.

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 Aswalamba which will have Digital class under StudyMall project.

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Thinksharp Foundation founder Mr. Santosh visited village Aswalamba  as a part of pre visit on 22 July 2017. Our active supporter and team member Mr.Nitin Dhakne helped us in arranging the visit and has been our point of contact for this entire process.

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Aswalamba is a small village in Tq.Parli Vaijanath, Dist Beed with a total population of 1870 people. Nearest railway station is Parali Vaijnath .There are no other  schools in the village except Z.P.School Aswalamba.

 Z.P. School Aswalamba  which enrolls children from 1st to 7th std . The total number of students in school is 179 (92 boys and 87 girls).Total number of teachers is 08 . There are total 10 classrooms out of which only 5 are RCC. There is no library, digital infrastructure, solar lamps or extra curricular activity infrastructure for children.

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After interacting with  students and discussion  with teachers, we realized  they have lot of potential to develop and grow provided they have access to better educational infrastructure.

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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 179 students read and learn better. Our StudyMall project-Digital class in this school will create an motivation and increase interest among the students to attend school. 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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