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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Santosh Phad as panelist for MUNIJAN 2018 organised by Mumbai University

On 02 Oct 2018, Our Founder Mr.Santosh phad was panelist at most esteemed  “MUNIJAN 2018″, social initiative organised by Mumbai University on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti at Mumbai University Fort campus.

Initiative was to promote social entrepreneurship to bring social innovation /ideas to save environment. Students from various management institutes from Mumbai presented their ideas. Students were very professional,passionate  about creating healthy environment.  It was wonderful intracting with Dr.Smita Shukla (Director ADMI, Mumbai) and Dr.Kavita Laghate (Director, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai) and  Prof.Abhiraj Shivdas from Mumbai University.

 MUNIJAN is an initiative taken by the University of Mumbai to embrace the core values of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
 
It was fully packed summit with attendees such as numerous esteemed educationists from schools, institutes, colleges, not for profits working in education, environment etc..
 
The topics at this summit were beautifully curated . They were very inspirational and motivational where lot ideas and projects were put forward to project environment.
 
 We thank the organizers and attendee’s for this wonderful opportunity.

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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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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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