StudyMall – Bridging Rural-Urban education divide – Computer Education in Government schools in Maharashtra

The necessity of a basic computer education is immense in this day and age. The lowest job to the highest job, the need for a computer is always there. As we become more technologically advanced, kids have started using computers and mobile phones since they start speaking. This helps them be smarter, worldlier wise and also be in touch with the relevant events of the world. This is a luxury for many kids in the rural areas of India. Hence, we as country should strive to bridge these barriers.

At the ThinkSharp Foundation, we believe that education for all should not be a luxury, but a necessity. In the 21st century, computers, technology and everything related to it, has become a way of teaching and learning. Why should the lesser privileged or the remote villages be deprived of them? ThinkSharp has come up with StudyMall, where the organization donates computers and the peripherals for students in the rural areas so that they have access to basic computer education.

The recent feather in their hat was the contribution of computers to a government school in the district of Raigad, Karjat Taluka in Maharashtra. The Z.P. School received computers, under the StudyMall project. This project successfully benefitted around 50 students from the village. They will be educated in the basics of operating a computer.

A quick conversation with the founder, Mr. Santosh Phad, made me realize how much we lack as a country in the basics of the educational system. While we, the privileged have pumped in more money than one can fathom into our private education, there are kids who do not even receive the bare necessities. We, as a community could do so much more to help these kids achieve their dreams and make “Education for all” a massive success. DHL Express was the god-sent contributor of these laptops.

The ratio of teachers to students in the rural set-up is rather disheartening to see. We have a larger amount of enrollment in the rural areas than in the urban. We need more teachers, moreover we need more computer aided teaching to be done in the remote areas so as to allow them quality education, without having to pay a bomb and travel.

We, at ThinkSharp Foundation would like to thank DHL in helping us realize the dreams of these kids.

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Pratiksha Ghosh Vichhivora
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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.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

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

Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/p/BYK3W-ihWJj/

Pinterest-https://www.pinterest.com/drshraddha/studymall-an-better-rural-education-initiative/?sender=479915041450106595&invite_code=12911392f0804050981218d239306784

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

 

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16th StudyMall launched at Z.P School, Poshir, Tq.Karjat, Dist.Raigad

Thinksharp Foundation is growing and reaching more and more villages to help rural children by providing them better educational infrastructure. On 18 April 2018  we met another milestone, we launched 16th StudyMall at Z.P School, Poshir, Tq.Karjat, Dist.Raigad 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/

A Digital Class-StudyMall with projector being displayed.

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.

A poem being displayed on projector provided in Digital Class-StudyMall

This StudyMall  will be providing  these 123 and many more other children from Poshir 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 books at Library -StudyMall

We have set up Library and digital class for betterment of these 123+ students and to help 04 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 4 RCC classroom.

You can catch glimpses of opening ceremony and StudyMall at our facebook page-https://www.facebook.com/pg/ThinkSharpFoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1029067103899172

Poshir is a small village with approximate total population of 2186+ 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 are happy to share that we also received Media Coverage for the event, to mention few is Coverage by PunyaNagari 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

Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/p/BYK3W-ihWJj/

Pinterest-https://www.pinterest.com/drshraddha/studymall-an-better-rural-education-initiative/?sender=479915041450106595&invite_code=12911392f0804050981218d239306784

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

 

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17th StudyMall launched at Z.P school Kalyachi wadi, Tq.Karjat, Dist.Raigad

Thinksharp Foundation is growing and reaching more and more villages to help rural children by providing them better educational infrastructure. On 19 April 2018  we met another milestone, we launched 17th StudyMall at Z.P school Kalyachi wadi, Tq.Karjat, Dist.Raigad .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/

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.

Digital Class and Library at StudyMall

This StudyMall  will be providing  these 23 and many more other children from Kalyachi wadi 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 23+ students 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 2 RCC classroom.

Digital Class-StudyMall -Guests awareness session about digital learning

You can catch glimpses of opening ceremony and StudyMall at our facebook page-https://www.facebook.com/pg/ThinkSharpFoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1029067103899172

Kalyachi wadi 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. You can read about pre visit to this village at http://thinksharpfoundation.org/blogs/blog/2017/08/16/kalyachiwadi-dist-raigad-upcoming-studymall-project/

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.

Our Founder with Students in the Digital Class-StudyMall.

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

Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/p/BYK3W-ihWJj/

Pinterest-https://www.pinterest.com/drshraddha/studymall-an-better-rural-education-initiative/?sender=479915041450106595&invite_code=12911392f0804050981218d239306784

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

 

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