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...
Feb 15, 2012

Children's Responses to Going to School books

Going to School on a Mountaintop
Going to School on a Mountaintop

Responses of Children on Reading Going to School in India mini books

Going to School (GTS) continued to send a set of 10 Going to School in India mini books in Hindi to schools across India. 

Going to School in India books are a celebration of school going experiences of children all over India. 10 books in the series include:

  • Going to School in a Mud Desert
  • Going to School on Wheels
  • Going to School in a Tribe
  • Going to School on a Mountaintop
  • Going to School on a Railway Station Platform
  • Going to School in a Temple
  • Going to School in the Dark
  • Going to School by the Sea
  • Going to School on an Island in the Middle of a Lake
  • Going to School under a Mango Tree

Some of the responses of the children are - 

“I found these books in my school library and I enjoyed reading them.”

Saurav, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“I really like these schools. The children learn so much and have fun too. I wish I could also go to a school like this.”

Priya Rana, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“From this book we learnt that it is important to work together and to help others. We got to know that there are so many poor children in our country who find it difficult to get to school like Haider who goes to school on a wheelchair.”

Rahul Kumar, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“My school is different because we not only get good education but it helps children like me who cannot pay for education get free education.”

Mohan Babu, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“We usually do not get such nice books in our school and no one asks us such insightful questions as well. We do not get home work which involves going out and doing exciting things like interviewing the fishermen. I loved reading these  books.”

Shivani Pal, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“I liked these school a lot because the children in these schools get to learn about so many different things and they learn all this in entertaining ways like through a puppet show.”

Mahesh, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“I read about children who are not able to study because they are poor and how these schools help them. I realized how fortunate we are to be able to go to a good school.”

Rohit, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

Going to School on a Wheelchair
Going to School on a Wheelchair
Going to School in the Dark
Going to School in the Dark

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Nov 29, 2011

Be! Books in Government Schools in Bihar

Be! an Entrepreneur is a multimedia skills education initiative to teach children in India, who live in poverty, entrepreneurial skills so they can use their education to transform their lives. 10 epic movies, 50 books (each teaches an entrepreneurial skill) and a 15 part radio series to inspire millions of young people from low income groups in India to choose to become entrepreneurs and to pioneer enterprises that solve the social, economic and environmental problems they face in their lives. Be! makes ‘going to school’ relevant to employment – encouraging India’s poorest children to stay in school to learn skills that will help them get a job, or ‘create a job’ by choosing to become entrepreneurs.

Going to School (GTS) would very much like to work in Bihar, running the project and managing it for 15 months, after which GTS would work to ensure the sustainability of the project, by training key Government counterparts to run the project as part of the system.

The plan is to roll-out Be! books in 1,000 secondary schools in Bihar.

-       Training of 2,000 teachers (two from each school) for three months.

-       Teachers will leave the training with sets of 50 Be! Books.

-       For one year, two hours every week teachers will read one Be! book i.e. teach one entrepreneurial skill per week.

-       Children will read one book once a week. Each Be! book has an in-built activity that children complete, once a week,

-       The activities will be submitted to GTS and will allow us to constantly monitor the program, qualitatively and quantitatively.

 

In November, 2011 GTS team travelled to Bihar and visited Government schools to explore how 50 Be! Skills books would be implemented in 1,000 Secondary Schools in Bihar, from teacher training to monitoring, with the aim of beginning teacher training in early 2012.


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Apr 13, 2011

My Second Hand Shoes

My Second Hand Shoes: A Be! Story

Progress Report April 2011

‘Be! an Entrepreneur’ is a multimedia, skills-education project to teach young girls in India, who live in poverty, entrepreneurial skills so they can use their education to transform their lives.

10 epic movies, 50 books (each teaching an entrepreneurial skill) and a 15 part radio series inspire millions of young girls from low-income groups in India to choose to become entrepreneurs and to pioneer enterprises that to solve the social, economic and environmental problems they face in their lives.  

Be! makes going to school relevant to employment – encouraging India’s poorest girls to stay in school to learn entrepreneurial skills that will help them to get a job, or ‘create a job’ by choosing to become entrepreneurs, after they finish school.

Be! Books are a work in progress

50 Be! Skills books teach 50 entrepreneurial/employability skills to young people age 12-18 from low-income group in Government schools in India.

Each Be! book teaches an entrepreneurial skill to children, from identifying a problem/ opportunity, to making a plan, a budget, building relationships and the power of communication and persistence. Children will read one book a week and complete a skill activity that allows for constant monitoring of the program – the activities show how children understand the ‘skill’ in their context. Activities range from mapping your social network that will get you to the chief minister to making a children’s newspaper to interviewing local entrepreneurs about their businesses.

Be! Skills books are based on extensive research with over 1,000 children across India to map the entrepreneurial skills they have and use in their everyday lives.

Be! books portray regional stories and are in local languages.

Book 1-35: Explore key entrepreneurial skills with girls: from identifying problems, to making a plan, taking initiative to building relationships, identifying resources to managing finances (financial literacy).

Books 36-50

Are graphic novels, blue-prints of 15 sustainable social enterprises that solve local problems and generate income. These books repeat the entrepreneurial skills learned in the previous 35 books

The books that have been completed are:

Book 1: Entrepreneurs are Everywhere

Entrepreneurial Skill – Introduces the concept of ‘entrepreneurs’ and how they are everywhere. 

19 year old Jeevan works on a train and travels across India. This book is a series of letters he sends to his younger sister Sarita who stays in the village. Letters are about entrepreneurs, who they are, where they are and what they are doing.

Book 2: My Family Tree - Everyone in My Family is an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurial Skill – Establishes that though entrepreneurs seem ‘new’, they go back generations; even in your family tree.

Young Seema wants a swing and pesters her grandmother for one. But instead her grandmother tells her a story of all the people in her family and the wonderful, entrepreneurial things they have done. Inspired, Seema figures out a way to make her own swing.

Book 3: Getting to the Bottom of It

Entrepreneurial Skill – Identifying problems and interconnections between problems

Seema, a 12 year old girl from a village moves to a slum in a city and meets her blind cousin Pawan. Seema becomes Pawan’s eyes as they travel through the slum—and later the village—discovering the problems of waste, water, housing, health, migration all around them.

Book 4: My Uncle, the Bridge Builder

Entrepreneurial Skill – Supply and demand, identifying that businesses bridge gap between supply and demand

Girish Uncle, a bridge-builder who has built over 90 low-cost bridges, sends his journal to his niece Afreen to help her understand the gaps and needs in villages like hers.  Girish Uncle’s journal shows Afreen the importance of filling these gaps and connecting people and places. 

Book 5: Three Girl Detectives and the Case of the Missing Village

Entrepreneurial Skill – Inquisitive

Three young girls realize that their village is not on the map and undertake the journey to find out why this is so. Through research, gathering information and asking questions they finally succeed in putting their village on the map.

Book 6:  Bijli Brings a Carnival to her Village

Entrepreneurial Skill – Building Relationships and Social Connections

Bijli goes to a carnival in a neighboring village and now wants it to come to her village so that other young girls too can enjoy it. But to make this happen she must get signatures of 200 villagers. Bijali builds relationships and uses her network to convince people and realizes how her social connections help her.

Book 24: Second-Hand Shoes

Entrepreneurial Skill – Marketing, Market Research and Advertising

Mishti is a young woman from the slum who sees how many people from her community don’t have proper shoes, or any shoes at all. She starts a second-hand shoe business to fill this gap. But how do you sell old shoes? Mishti realizes that it’s all about marketing—understanding your market, setting the right price, packaging, presentation and advertising. (A few designed spreads from the book have been attached)

Book 40: Seher’s Bolt of Lightning Business

Seher brings light to her slum when she starts an enterprise of renting solar lanterns to street vendors and homes in her neighbourhood, thereby solving the problem of lack of electricity and dependence on kerosene. Through her journey she battles the system and a corrupt slum lord before finally succeeding.

Book 41: Phulwa Lights a Bulb

A village in rural Bihar changes the way they live after dark when Phulwa, a young girl who is a mechanic not only brings light to the village using rice husk, but also brings an enterprise to rural India.


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