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...
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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Feb 15, 2012

Be! an Entrepreneur - 1,000 schools in Bihar

Bijali Brings a Carnival to her Village
Bijali Brings a Carnival to her Village

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. 7 epic movies, 50 books (each teaches an entrepreneurial skill) and a 15 part radio series 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 is honored to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Education, Government of Bihar for pioneering this project in 1,000 secondary schools in the state –reaching 300,000 children in grade 9.

 

Objectives of the Programme 

-       To teach entrepreneurial/employability skills to 300,000 children in grade 9 in 1,000 secondary schools through 50 Be! skills books. Be! skills books make education relevant to employment, with the aim of reducing the dropout rate, so when children leave school after completing the Be! skills program, they have learned 50 skills, from making a plan and a budget, to negotiation, communication and problem-solving. Young people are then aware of the skills they have learned and can be better prepared to get a job or choose to ‘create a job’ i.e. become an entrepreneur

-       To create a supportive environment, state-wide, for young people to choose to become entrepreneurs, to use mass media, movies and radio shows to change attitude of parents and decision makers in young people’s lives towards entrepreneurship; to view it as a viable career choice for young people and to support young people in that choice.

 

The Problems Be! Addresses

School education is currently not relevant to getting a job or creating a job.

Employability skills are not yet taught at scale to young people age 10-16 in school.

Young people drop out of school, unskilled.

While the economy is growing, it cannot create enough jobs for everyone – statistics point to 210 million young people under the age of 30 by the year 2020 that will be in search of jobs.

At the same time India faces pressing problems of water, waste, energy, housing and sanitation, further exacerbated by a growing population.

One solution to unemployment and solving local problems is mass entrepreneurship.

Young people need to be taught employability skills in school to be able to get a job or create a job once they have completed their education.

Further, young people currently to do not have access to the information they need to become self-employed. Young people need access to skills training information and finance, in their own languages and relevant to their local areas.

 

Roll Out & Monitoring

GTS will set up an office in Patna, the state capital.

Training of 2,000 teachers from 1,000 secondary schools by GTS team.

Print run of 50 Be! books, each teaching an entrepreneurial skill

Teachers will leave the training with sets of Be! books

300,000 children in grade 9 in 1,000 schools will read one book each week and complete a related skill activity each week.

GTS team will collect the completed activities each week and scan and upload them into an IT monitoring system. The activities will help us monitor the training in schools as well as understand children’s comprehension of each skill.

Be! movies and radio shows on local channels will spread awareness on the presence of Be! books in schools and create a supportive environment for children to choose to become entrepreneurs when they grow up.

Mt Family Tree
Mt Family Tree
Seher
Seher's Bolt of Lightning Business

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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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