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.

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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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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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Chorwaghalgaon Village gets fifth StudyMall project

On 27 June 2017 we opened our fifth project at Chorwaghalgaon village which helps 225 students. Chorwaghalgoan is a small village in Vaijapur taluqa, District Aurangabad. Our volunteer Mr.Amol Nikam introduced us to the Village and helped us by being our point of contact with the Z.P. Prathamik School, Chorwaghalgaon. One of other key supporter to make this entire project possible is Mr.Pankaj Salunke.

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This StudyMall is set up in the Z.P. Prathamik School, village Chorwaghalgaon which enrolls children from 1st to 7th standard. The school has total 7 classrooms out of which only 2 are RCC.  Total number of teachers is 8. This school has 225 students, 108 boys and 113 girls. School timing is from 9.30 to 4 pm and Saturday is half day. Chorwagahalgaon village has total approximate population of 2200 to 2300.
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Thinksharp Foundation team comprising of Santosh, Shraddha and Amol visited the school on 11 Feb 2017 as a part of our pre visit procedure. We met school teachers, had dialogue with school children, parents and Village school committee members to understand the gap and the need in the educational requirements of this children. During this visit in consensus with the school teachers and parents it was decided to open StudyMall in the month of June . It was also decided that in the first phase of StudyMall we will install digital projector with academic and supporting extra curricular content.

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ThinkSharp Foundation team then stared fundraising from the month of Feb 2017 till May 2017 on various platforms mainly Milaap (https://milaap.org/), and other social media platforms. We are very thankful to all our supporters and donors who contributed by donating, sharing and spreading our cause.

On 27 June 2017 at 11 am we conducted official opening ceremony of StudyMall at chorwaghalgaon village. The opening ceremony event was attended by many dignitaries such as Mr.Abhay Patil Chikatgaonkar, Mr.Mhaske,Mr.Pankaj Thombre, school teachers, parents and others.
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Thinksharp foundation team was honored to have this event also featured in various media coverage such as Dainik bhaskar,Dainik Ekmat,Divya Marathi,Lokmat, Sakal.

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All the best wishes to students of Z.P.Prathmik school chorwaghalgaon village to use the digital educational infrastructure provided to them . We urge all teachers, parents and students to make  use this infrastructure for there growth and betterment . We promise to do our best to provide more as needed by them.

Once again Thinksharp Foundation team would like to thank all  supporters who made this possible for the 200+  rural children to read and learn better.

For detailed impact you can check our activity report http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/gallery/Activity%20Report%2016-17.pdf

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

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

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

 

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