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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14th StudyMall launched at Z.P.school Gajanan Nagar,Tq Sillod,Dist Aurangabad

Thinksharp Foundation is growing and reaching more and more villages to help rural children by providing them better educational infrastructure. On 16 April 2018  we met another milestone, we launched 14th StudyMall at Z.P.school Gajanan Nagar,Nillod Village,Tq Sillod,Dist Aurangabad.  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/

Digital Class room at the StudyMall

This project was mainly possible due to support from all our donors, funders, supporters, local teachers, parents villagers .

This StudyMall  will be providing  these 35 school students and many more other children from this 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.

Children enjoying a book at Library-StudyMall

We have set up Library and digital class for betterment of these 35+ 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 .

Children pose for picture at StudyMall

You can catch glimpses of opening ceremony and StudyMall at our facebook page-https://www.facebook.com/pg/ThinkSharpFoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1030377847101431

Z.P. School Gajanan nagar is in  small village Nillod , Tq-Sillod, Dist Aurangabad with approximate total population of 600 +.  Z.P.School of this small village is from  1st to 5th std and is Marathi medium school, with total student count 35 . Total number of  teachers is 02. School has 2 classrooms.

Our Founder Mr.Santosh talking about our commitment to bring better educational infrastructure for every rural child.
Team Thinksharp Foundation with Guests and School teacher team.

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 Divya Marathi Newspaper and Sakal 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.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

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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.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

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Linkedin-https://in.linkedin.com/company/thinksharp-foundation

 

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Bringing social change with the help of social media SM4E2017

On 05 and 06 Oct 2017 we, Thinksharp Foundation had an opportunity to attend a workshop organised by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) (Read about there amazing work at http://defindia.org/).  On behalf of ThinkSharp Foundation team, I was privileged to attend the workshop.

This workshop was organised in a beautiful location by DEF’S SM4E2017 team (SM4E is social media for empowerment, Read about them at http://sm4e.org/). Th workshop was at Sanskriti Kendra Anandgram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, A nand Gram, New Delhi, Delhi.

 

 While we all use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many other social media tools to stay connected with our friends and family. There are organisations who use them to help society and to bring change in society . DEF is one such international organisation who connects, educates, and creates awareness regarding digital empowerment of masses. They also connect and help other NGO, Social enterprise and organisations  who are trying to integrate digital media in bringing social change.

We were humbled and proud when we were chosen to be one of the attendees of this powerful workshop.

The workshop identified the need of social media tools needed by NGO and social impact creating organisations. If organisations like us want to reach wider audience in terms of beneficiaries or donors we have to have strong social media content and strategy. However many of us are lacking  in terms of skilled manpower or finances to spend on social media only.

This workshop provided us with practical tools and knowledge on how to address this limitation by creating content for social media with available human resource and funds. The topics included “creating social media content”, “Marketing and promotion on social media”, “Best practices in Digital marketing” and content creation on social media”. Apart from this structured topics the workshop provided opportunity to learn from each other.

Various representatives (founders, social media strategist) from other organisations who are doing a great job in bringing social change were present . I had a great learning from there experience.  To name few i provide there Facebook link, if you need a positivity dose read about there inspiring work.

 We are doing our best to apply this social media tools and leanings of workshop to reach more and more rural children and provide them better educational infrastructure. If you believe in helping us, like our Facebook page, Instagram, twitter, you tube and spread our work on your social media accounts.

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

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

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6th StudyMall Launched at Z.P.School Badakwasti, Dist-Aurangabad

On 07 Oct 2017, we launched our sixth StudyMall at Z.P School, Badakwasti, Taluka Sillod, Dist.Aurangabad, Maharashtra . Badakwasti is a small village with approx population of 7000 people . Here is short story of before and after transformation of this school and how StudyMall has added needed educational infrastructure for this village children.

(Watch our 2 min transformation StudyMall launch story in video form @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0y5svk-Q5o)


On 29 July 2017 our team consisting of Rahul sonawane and Founder Santosh Phad visited Z.P. school at Badakwasti, Tq. Sillod, Aurangabad . We got a request from  school teachers Mr.Vishasir and Mr.Prakash sir (Prakash Rajput & Vishal Tipramwar ) to install StudyMall in there school.

This school is model school for entire Maharashtra region which is having DigitalClass running on solar source, Water storage, Separate Dining area for kids, beautiful paintings and lots of trees in school compound. The  infrastructure included at  Z.P.School was 2 RCC classrooms for 1st to 4th standard students. Electricity supply from solar system and 1 classroom with digital Led TV . Everything done with the help of teachers, villagers and students.

This type of model school infrastructure got us excited which we saw in  our primary visit (pre-visit) . We were inspired by the hardwork and passion put in by everyone in this school. We then decided to pitch in to help them more.

And we Launched StudyMall on 07 Oct 2017 in this school.

This StudyMall provides computer from Samhita (http://www.samhita.org/) , Toys from ToyBank (http://toybank.in/) , Dolls made by kids for kids sent by Msterio.org  (dolla are sent by kids from all over world https://www.msterio.org/) wonderful story books by Pratham books  (http://www.prathambooks.org/)  and other crafts and arts material .

We thank each one of our supporter and donor for providing this 46 students and many more children of Badakwasti village digital education, books, toys ,arts,crafts and learning tools.

You can watch interview of students what they like from the StudyMall on our youtube channel. We recommend you watch how Shravani a 2 year toddler cries to come to school and doesn’t like to go home once she is in school. Shravani loves StudyMall and the toys it provides her. https://youtu.be/grf8a6ZZO44

We were humbled by the media coverage received for our work. We dedicate this appreciations to all the Z.P.School teachers, students, Badakwasti village residents and our supporters. ( http://www.epunyanagari.com/imageview_7506_2802_4_91_12-10-2017_4_i_1_st.html , 

If you want to transform your village school, contact us.If you want to help us transform our existing projects too you can donate,support,share and like for our project.

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

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

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

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