Developing conscious minds through transforming schools

Developing conscious minds through transforming schools

Rishikesh, Dehradun, IndiaRishikesh, India
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

‘Innovative foundation for India’ is committed towards sustainability of life on earth. Our area of work includes socio-cultural, educational and enviornmental.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In today’s world we all are living or say suffering with partial consciousness or just one sided consciousness of mind. This unconsciousness of mind has raised real time trouble for us and so to our world….whether it’s social, environmental, cultural etc. This can be better redefined in terms of mind integration. Empathy is a basic and one of the most essential ability of someone’s mind that needed to develop real consciousness within it. It enables someone to put himself into mental shoes of others and provide some realistic solutions. The real factor that determines cultivation of conscious minds lies in what education patterns we are following because more than 95% of mind develops during student phase of life.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

It’s truly not possible to develop and then fully implement a parallel educational pattern for children everywhere and definitely it will be needed lots of resources to do that, which will promote inefficiency of resources in many terms. Our education system has evolved very much in terms of syllabus pattern but not really in terms of teaching patterns. In our project we are targeting inefficiency and ineffectiveness of persistent teaching pattern which hinders consciousness of mind rather than developing it. For the development of conscious mind we will be efficiently utilizing all the available resources like books, computers, playground and parents also, but our most effective and essential resource will be the teacher. We are working towards transforming and promoting shifts in the persistent teaching patterns. Our mission is to ensure committed involvement of teachers in activating empathy within the students-and so in the development of real conscious minds for our society.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We will develop activities and certain teaching patterns which will promote consciousness of minds and help them to activate empathy. 1: Separate behaviour from person: Emotions can’t be taught but teacher should present themselves as a role model. In fact Teachers should not look their work as a chore at all; because their job is like an artist who shapes the student’s mind forever. The activity is about providing teachers counselling and training over how their behaviour, demeanour and usual disposition and also their wise choice of words within the class can make real difference in addressing the major problem like bullying, aggression, indifference etc. among students. For example: Instead of addressing children as good and bad person teachers should specifically address them for their good and bad behaviours or actions. 2. Making learning significant: It is said that knowledge can be imparted but wisdom cannot.... So learning is truly complete for a student only when if he can experience: What S/he is learning about, why it is important for him to learn it, who’s life can be effected ,when/where and how lessons learned are effectively applicable in their real life. In our project with the involvement of teachers we will develop and promote adoption of activity based learning (ABL) for every subject, which will allow students to find and also to develop their own answers through their own experiences to all 5 Ws and 1 H. It will defiantly nurture wisdom within the student and this is how the learning will become truly significant.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Ours is a young project and we are shifting to execution phase very soon so as for now we are not looking forward at anyone as competitors. Although there are many government and non-gov-organizations in India already working towards developing potential and skills of teachers by providing them basic short term skill trainings but they are just working on them but not with them. Our project is about working with teachers and educators and about enabling them to nurture best in their students Rather than focusing too much on developing and providing techniques and patterns which just appear very unique we are working towards developing and providing the most significant and sustainable ones. We want to bring impact to maximum teachers and students irrespective of their demography.
About You
Innovative Foundation for India
About You
First Name

Krishan Kumar

Last Name


About Your Organization
Organization Name

Innovative Foundation for India

Organization Country

, UL, Rishikesh

Country where this project is creating social impact

, UL, Rishikesh, Dehradun

Your role in Education

Administrator, Social Worker.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with


How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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How long has your solution been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

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]

‘Innovative foundation for India’ is a young organization which is committed towards sustainability of life on earth.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Transforming schools to develop conscious minds rather than hindering it, through making best use of available resources(the teachers)

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Ours is a new project which we are poised to launch soon. We are looking forward to bring significant impacts in activating empathy and so in cultivating conscious minds for our society.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

Our project is simple with its theme and in its execution pattern. And if we are able to generate minimum additional resources we required to regulate our project we are for sure able to thrive with the impacts that will bring changes socially, culturally and environmentally
We are transforming educational institutions to teach what matters and most importantly how it will matter.
It will definitely transform things from many ways like teachers will start taking their teaching more as a creative work instead of just as a chore because it is more about shaping minds rather than just imparting knowledge.
So within the time span we will able to add many fully conscious minds in our society who will be the solution provider rather than by-standers.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Major Barrier is ensuring involvement of teachers because they might act over obsessed with their own teaching pattern because they are already comfortable in following conventional methods with which they are teaching.
We strongly needed dedicated volunteer base which will efficiently perform the tasks given to them.
Other greatest barriers are promotional and financial one because we lack in financial base and so it can hinder project greatly in ensuring full dedicated staff /volunteers to perform research and execution tasks.
To overcome our barriers we are looking forward to join hands with volunteer resource organizations which can provide us paid volunteers, it will cater our essentially required human resource without any financial over burden.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

In six-months we will have a decent network of educationst and volunteer who will work with us in transforming schools.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Developing network of educationist, counsellor who will share their wisdom to help us to perform significant research.

Task 2

Motivating teachers to take part and adopt the teaching patterns that are promoted under our project.

Task 3

Regulating the project in schools and then finally making reports of impacts we derived out of it.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

In 12-months will have comprehensive research and tested innovations which we will promote and implement further.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Performing significant research and develpoing network of educationists and teachers

Task 2

Developing our volunteer base and regulating project in the maximum number of the schools as we can.

Task 3

Making assessments and reports over our research and achievements within one year.

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]

In all our human existent of thousands of years on earth the present time and situations are consider as most fragile. Either its acceleration in social and cultural collapse or rampant environmental degradation, the irresponsible human activities have threatened sustainability of life on earth to a great extent.
One of the major reasons behind the persistent irresponsible behaviour among individuals is lack of basic abilities like empathy which enables any individual to feel relativity and relevance.
Ashoka’s initiative to provide platform through creating competition on ‘Activating Empathy’ for social organizations and individuals who are working or willing work on promoting empathy among others was an ‘Aha!’ moment for us and hope for everyone like us. Though it’s a competition but it is indeed a great platform to share and learn through each other’s experiences and also truly a great platform to spread empathy among each other.

Tell us about your partnerships

We don’t have any partnerships as for now, but we are open for it and looking forward for partnering with the educational institutions, volunteer resource organizations and innovation partners.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

For our project to run sustainably and significantly we need following staff as for now:
1. Project co-ordinator
2. Operational co-ordinator
3. Media and outreach co-ordinator
4. Volunteer co-ordinator
5. Researcher and documentation co-ordinator
6. Evaluation and monitoring co-ordinator
7. Web developer
8. At least 14 Volunteers.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Being a young organization initially we need significant support to develop our framework to reach our misson; which is to contribute in social reforms which will create equal opportunity for one and all and so it will spread sustainability of life on earth.
To make significant social impacts we essentially required efficient physical as well as online volunteer services.