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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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

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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

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8th and 9th 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

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

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

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

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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.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation. org

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