School to School
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About Your Organization
Country where this project is creating social impact
Is your organization a
Non‐profit / NGO / Citizen sector organization
Your role in Education
Resource Officer, Other.
The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with
How long has your organization been operating?
More than 5 years
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Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)
How long has your solution been in operation?
Operating for more than 5 years
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
School to School (S2S) turns one’s wastage into resource for another.There is abundance of resources in cities with nuclear families & rising incomes.Village people still struggle for basics of life-Food,cloth & shelter.Education,learning and recreation have different meaning for children in these disparate groups and urban people are completely isolated from rural realities.
Discussions on education policies,teacher-students ratio,curriculum and similar big issues are common but education of millions still suffer due to lack of basics amenities. Thousands of girls leave schools due to lack of toilets or kids leave due to non availability of basics like stationery,books & notebooks. Furniture,games,labs etc hardly exist & Uniforms,shoes,water bottles are like luxuries!!
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
S2S is nationwide initiative; building bridge between hundreds of urban & village schools by using tones of underutilized material as tool to open dialogue make two ends aware each other’s existence & instigate empathy. One end’s abundance is used to fulfill educational gaps at other end!!
S2S makes city kids aware of their village counterparts struggles. Multiple stakeholders; kids,school management,teachers,parents,corporates etc connect with the campaign & feel enthused. We see a change in their attitudes & opinion once they understand that the big gap is just in resources & opportunities. This builds strong long term empathy. In villages this reduces monetary pressure on parents, encouraging continuance of their children’s education. Kids get material as reward for changes in behavioural benchmarks like attendance, cleanliness, discipline etc. This is a big morale booster plus nurtures their self respect & dignity.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
In urban India often school kids discard stationary & other items like water bottles, pencil box, school bag, shoes for flimsy reasons like new cartoon character in market or slight fade of colour or need for minor repair.Since all stakeholders around urban child are driven by consumerism; school management, parents, peer groups, teachers, frugality is not inculcated among children. S2S is sensitizing urban kids living a protected life, about rural realities, negating any superior/inferior feeling. Re-use & Recycling of urban material extends its lifecycle, reducing pollution in cities. A kid in village school has to walk 2-5 kms to & from school, without proper shoes, in scorching heat, with no water at school. A water bottle makes a difference whether he or she will continue schooling or not. For a village child recurrent expenditure of notebook, pencil or rubber becomes burden for parents struggling for two meals. For countless children, school uniform is also an additional piece of clothing, an important thing for them. In bare Aanganwadis; government’s children health intervention point for malnutrition, vaccination & over all child health care; there is nothing to attract children to come except mid day meal that they pick up & leave. The moment it is filled with colourful toys, games, posters etc., it brings in more children, getting them to stay longer, engaging them thus assisting in overall objective of these institutions..
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
There is government’s Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan as well as a lot of good work by many agencies. A lot of focus is there on issues like policy, infrastructure but a very little attention on gaps like behavioural change & there are faulty delivery systems on basic school needs.The biggest challenge is the traditional mind set and the way many such initiatives are operating.Often when city schools deal with less privileged it’s about us & them, donor & receiver, charity & beneficiary!!
Our work is about bringing about an attitudinal & perception change in city schools about giving, being responsible,valuing our resources,caring for the dignity of the less privileged,in villages its about filling gaps & complementing the ongoing work,making the school going experience more holistic & complete!!
Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
S2S is about building up relationship between urban & rural schools by using underutilized urban school material as a tool!!
Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
The old underutilized material is a powerful tool to build relationship, empathy and understanding between urban & rural schools.
This Entry is about (Issues)
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
A major change is visible in schools where its implemented apart from good participation of over 100 schools in last year itself. Hundreds of kids and teachers now visit the center to understand issue and impact.Over 1500 kids have come together from urban and rural schools during our annual interface event Pratibimb and many have initiated changes in schools.
Over 1500 kids from most backward tribe musahari got into education centers developed under S2S in Bihar, post 2008 floods. Few computer centers, libraries are set up in slums & villages with help of old material.
-After Andhra floods 13 centers were initiated in 2010
- Over 100 aganwadies are turned into colourful learning centres by providing infrastructure, stationary, toys & games, general cothes etc.
- In West Bengal & Orissa sent large quantities of school supplies to over 100 schools, 15 aaganwadies, & 10 creche to over 7000 flood- hit children.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
- Involve 100 urban schools extensively in the initiative by sensitising management,parents,teachers,students reaching out to about 200000 kids.
-Motivate 50 city schools to visit GOONJ processing centres.
- Reach out to 300 rural/slum schools
- Extensive work in 100 aanganwaris by making them child friendly.
- Initiate 10 libraries with the helps of books we collect.
- Initiate 5 computer centres in village/slum schools
- Establish 50 activity centres with toys & games
- Establish sports facilities in 5 schools with essential sports material
- Extensive work in 20 schools on our Not just a piece of cloth initiative i.e. sharing knowledge about health & hygiene & providing our health kit (sanitary pad/undergarments.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
1. Continuity in material supply from urban schools: They take up S2S campaigns at different times without committed annual involvement, directly affecting our ability to provide continuous support to rural schools. Sustained sharing of successes & failures in implementation with them, highlighting importance of continuity, this awareness helps address the issue.
2. Partner groups lack of understanding on connecting behavioral changes with material distribution: Usual perception on distributing material as charity is first communication barrier we face. When partner groups see results in small experiments, they get motivated to use material to make a lot of changes in children’s learning experience.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
identification of urban schools and village partner groups we want to work with closely on S2S.their need assessment and percept
Holding close interaction with leaders in both entities, sharing an annual plan of action and processes and systems around logis
first interaction with school children in the identified schools; through morning assemblies
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
one collection cum awareness camp in each of the urban partner school,In village schools, children should have been involved in
atleast one teachers forum in village schools to identify impact on behavioral benchmarks
in urban & rural school there should have been one review of impact on behavioral benchmarks and quantitative material collectio
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Popularly known as the Clothing Man, Anshu champions one of the three basic needs of any human beings; cloth (out of cloth, food & shelter). Today GOONJ works in parts of 21 states and handles 80 to 100 tones material every month. In the initial days on a visit to a small village school, having almost no infrastructure or facilities in a hill state Anshu saw a group of students waiting while the other group ate their mid day meal provided in the school. On enquiring he found that since there were only 30 plates, the kids, for whom prime attraction for coming to school was mid day meal, had to wait till the plates were cleaned & served again. This simple but critical need deeply moved Anshu. In another incident he felt a deep satisfaction as he saw a 5-6 year old village school girl blossom with happiness when she got a fish shaped pencil box; for her it was not just a pencil box, it was a FISH SHAPED pencil box.. the utter joy on her face was priceless..
Tell us about your partnerships
Our nationwide rural & urban network of partner organizations is our backbone. In cities we work with corporates, schools, collages, NGO’s, small businesses & individuals. They spread awareness, organize camps to collect material.In villages we partner with over 250 grassroots groups;NGOs, CBOs, panchayats, social activities & Ashoka fellows. They help us match needs with material, access to remote areas, insights & engagement with community.
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]
In our work we don’t need people with any specific technical skills or knowledge, we need people passionate about the idea, willing to spend their time on this work.d. In the villages, we are always on the lookout for credible grassroots organizations with good reach in the communities, with good capacities, open to new ideas.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
The strong urban & rural network of organizations we have built over last 13 years, we are open to collaborate & share. Innovative ideas & experiments done in different areas, aspects and learning challenges, we can share. Variety of material;learning material to infrastructural material for schools, can be channelised.