Going to School Fund

Going to School creates design-driven stories to teach India's poorest children skills at school. We're an award-winning nonprofit trust with a 10-year track record of inspiring millions of children in India to stay in school, learn skills, use their education to transform their lives and create their own opportunities. Our journey began in 2003 when we created Going to School in India, a children's book that tells 25 stories of what school can be, from going to school in a tent in a desert to going to school in the dark with solar lanterns. We made the book into a pioneering TV series that aired on India's leading television networks reaching 65 million children. Our next series, Girl Stars...
Jul 30, 2012

Be! Skills for 30,000 children in school!

Teachers in Bihar playing skills games
Teachers in Bihar playing skills games

Be! Schools launches in 70 schools in Bihar with stories that teach skills to 30,000 children

School is back in session and Be! Schools has launched in Bihar to teach children in Grade 9 entrepreneurial skills! We are starting with 70 schools in Patna, and expanding to 1,000 schools in the state this year. Leading up to the launch, the Going to School team trained eight Master Trainers to conduct teacher training sessions. In late July, we conducted a 5-day training with 170 government school teachers to help them teach Be! Books and conduct entrepreneurial skills projects in their classrooms.  Eventually we will train 2,000 teachers across Bihar. 

Teachers told us over and over that they’d never been to a training like this, and they were excited to teach these books and skills to their classes. 

Kamini Singh, teacher at BMP Higher Secondary School in Patna, told us “So far we had not been trained to teach children in ways that would interest them. Even the most absent minded children love stories and enjoy games. That’s why children will never find these books and activities tiresome.”

“I like the new approach of group discussion and questioning method where different opinions can be expressed.” Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary from Patna High School, Gardanibagh said. 

“Like children, adults also love colours. The stories attracted everyone and I found the colours exciting.” Sangeeta Sinha, P N Anglo Sanskrit Senior Secondary School, Naya Tola, Patna

After the training, several teachers called our offices to urge us to send books quickly. Our Master Trainers personally delivered books to 70 schools—with a total enrollment of over 30,000 students in Grade 9. Some schools have over 1200 students in Grade 9! Traveling through monsoon rains, the Master Trainers were welcomed by principals and teachers with steaming cups of ginger tea.

Master Trainers will continue visiting each school in the upcoming week to further guide teachers and collect completed skills projects that allow children to practice skills in their real lives. 

Playing skills games is fun!
Playing skills games is fun!
Our team delivering books to schools
Our team delivering books to schools
Girls make skills projects after reading Be! Books
Girls make skills projects after reading Be! Books

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May 8, 2012

Teaching organizational skills: Geet's Cookbook

We are delighted to be able to release 50 beautiful books that teach entrepreneurlal skills to the poorest children into 1,000 Government Schools in Bihar (India's poorest state) reaching 300,000 children, that's 150,000 girls in Grade 9.

Design innovation at work: for the first time epic graphic novels will teach children skills in India through the school system.

Each week children will read one story for two hours and then complete a skills activity in their community. From mapping your social network to the Chief Minister to figuring out who in your Family Tree is an entrepreneur, the activites are fun and relevant to children's lives. Once a week we collect these activities from children and scan them into a central database. 

From June 15, 2012 onwards we'll be able to tell you week on week how many girls completed activities, what businesses they wish to start and which skills they think they need the most.

These schools are not online nor do many of them have electricity, so in 2012, it's still only a book that reaches the poorest children in India.

We look forward to sharing our emerging stories with you.

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May 8, 2012

Going to School in a Mud Desert

What is it like to go to school where you go to school?

This is a question that children ask each other when they meet around the world. It's also a question that children ask each other in India. What is it like to go to school in Kashmir, on a lake? In Tamil Nadu, by the sea? In Gujarat, in the middle of a Mud Desert? 

Going to School in India mini books are meant for children age 8+ to celebrate what it is like to go to school in India and be inspired. To learn through activities that are relevant to where children live, to be able to learn about other children.

Since Going to School in India was published 9 years ago, Going to School Mini Books in regional languages have been distributed to over five million children in 45,000 Government Primary Schools. The stories have also been incorporated in national curriculum.

To go to school and be inspired is a gift, a story helps children believe they can make it come true.

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