Reading Day celebrated in StudyMall projects

On 15 Oct 2018, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Dr.A .P.J Abdul Kalam (Former President of India) we celebrated “maharashtra reading day”  “वाचन प्रेरणा दिवस” across all our 28 partner schools in Maharashtra.

Thinksharp Foundation has established Libraries and Digital classrooms in rural schools of Maharashtra. We are now helping around 5000 rural children in 26 villages of Maharashtra through 28 Studymall projects running in rural schools.

 

Rural children are not always provided with extra curricular books. Having books and libraries is still just a dream for many children, we want to fulfill this dream. Every StudyMall is equipped with library that consists of story books, autobiographical books about leaders, self help books for syllabus subjects such as maths and English and many more other books.

We also follow up about reading habits inculcated in children due to StudyMall project, by asking them to fill up “Book review Form” which focuses on asking them to answer “what did they learn from book they finished reading”.

We select books to be kept in StudyMall after having assessed the age group, interest of children of that particular school. We then discuss this list of books with educationists and experts to ensure we are selecting the right books.

We thank  all our partners for providing this books,special thanks to Pratham Books and Jyotsna Publication. We  also extend our thanks to our individual supporters and donors without who this dream of reading books will be incomplete.

You can also become our partner organisation, supporter, volunteer and you can choose to donate for our cause. Check for more details on our website

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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Our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad selected in top 100 social entrepreneurs in India by Action For India !

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
To know more about this year’s Forum, do visit here: Click here to know more
Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

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ThinkSharp Foundation awarded HOPE Award 2018 for Best NGO in India by Mrs.Shilpa Shetty Kundra

ThinkSharp Foundation received  HOPE Award 2018 for Best NGO in India for our work in rural education in India (Under Social Reforms Category) on 24th Oct 2018 at Delhi.Trophy and certificate awarded by Mrs. Shilpa Shetty Kundra (Bollywood Actress & Women Entrepreneur) and Rekha Sharma (Chairperson of the National Commission for Women ).

Along with us other awardees were Bachpan Bachao Andolan By Kailash Satyarthi (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate ) & CRY – Child Rights and You. We congratulate all other winners.It was an honor to be able to meet the amazing winning and nominated organisations that are doing great job in there respective domain. They are doing an incredible amount of work to bring out social empowerment in society with help of digital media.

HOPE Awards are organised by Hope Communication (Research), to create a greater platform where people can meet, interact and exchange Success story, with those who have already achieved a milestones in the arena of their respective field in true form for others they are not only their inspiration but an ultimate HOPE. To know more about them Click here

On this occasion we would like to thank all of our stakeholders.

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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(Picture and content credit to HOPE AWARDS 2018)

 

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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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Gajanan Nagar and Paithan Upcoming StudyMall projects-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, three are two that have been finalized as well namely Paithan and Gajanan Nagar which will have Digital class under StudyMall project..

Thinksharp Foundation Founder Santosh visited village Gajanan nagar and Paithan  as a part of pre visit on 28 July 2017. We were very fortunate to have with us our team member Mr.Rahul Sonawane who has been very helpful and supportive throughout our entire visit of this  villages.

Gajanan Nagar  is a small village in Tq.Sillod, Dist Aurangabad  with a total population of 600 people.No other school in Gajanan Nagar except one Z.P.School. Gajanan Nagar.Paithan is a Taluqa in District Aurangabad with population of 41514 people.There are 3 Z.P. schools in Paithan. Nearest railway station is Aurangabad.

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Z.P. School Gajanan Nagar enrolls children from 1 to 5th Std and total number of Students is  35  and total number of teachers is  2. There are only 2 RCC classrooms. No digital, library or extra curricular activity infrastructure available.

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Z.P. Girl’s High School Paithan enrolls girls from 5th to 12th std , total number of students is 613 and total number of teachers is 19. 14 RCC Class rooms. Library and computer is available however no digital projector. Considering the high population of students and the higher grades till 12th std it is important that 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 648 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. 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.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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

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