Operation Vasantha has been impacting the lives of disadvantaged rural children since 2009. This highly interactive and empowering initiative addresses the problem of school dropouts. It also aims to educate families on the importance of education and engage dropouts and other children through interactive activities and fun learning sessions. These activities include parents counseling, health and hygiene camps and education on ecology.
Local college students are trained and given support from Agastya to teach children in their villages. These individuals willingly spend their evenings educating and inspiring weaker students and school dropouts from their villages.
Create open platform for experiential and hands-on learning
Encouraging questioning and sharing of knowledge.
Community participation and ownership of OV center.
Develop a sense of social responsibility in the community and children of the village /area.
Providing an opportunity to local youths for mentoring children.
1 Operation Vasantha centre reaches out to 30 children, operating for 200 days a year, the program will generate close to 6,000 child exposures* in a year.
To counsel/involve school dropouts and trying to bring them into mainstream.
Volunteers living in the villages with educational qualifications of 10th Standard, 12th Standard, graduate and postgraduate who are innovative thinkers and interested in teaching will be chosen for the Operation Vasantha program. They will be provided with a scholarship.
The Mobile Science Lab (MSL) is a very powerful and innovative instrument to revolutionize rural education and make hands-on education increasingly accessible. It is a catalytic channel that is fun, engaging and interactive, aimed to raise awareness among disadvantaged children and teachers of the value of learning - with a focus on science. Each MSL travels to doorstep of remote schools with 100+ hands-on science models covering a wide range of topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for Class 5 through 9. The teaching approach is consistent with the National Curriculum Framework and the topics overlap the NCERT syllabus. There are also experiments not directly correlated to the state syllabus but are intended to spark curiosity and encourage questioning among the children. The demonstration sessions emphasize interaction and questioning. Children are able to relate better to concepts explained through interactive demonstrations rather than through rote learning. MSL’s are highly effective in delivering large science fairs, and reaching community members through night community visits too. Night community visits allow the child beneficiary’s parents, family and community members to participate in learning sessions about various beneficial topics.
Reach and benefits of the Mobile Science Lab
Depending on the density of schools in the proposed catchment area, a single Mobile Science Lab can generate about 16,000 student exposures* per annum.
Mobile Science Labs access schools and raise awareness on the importance of hands-on science at a mass level. They are highly effective in delivering large Science Fairs and reaching community members (at night for example).
Mobile Science Labs help catalyse local schools and educators to improve the content and quality of education for rural children and teachers.
The Media Arts Lab is a natural extension of Agastya’s multisensory approach to learning. It supports teachers, training them to use technology to make teaching aids and conduct research. Students are taught to use digital cameras, video cameras, computers, sound recorders and more. They produce movies on social concerns, make pamphlets and posters to raise awareness, and learn tools for social activism at the local level. Overall, the Centre is a tool of empowerment, pushing children to make a positive difference in society.
For the month of July-September 2019, the Media Arts Lab reached 5,180 children across Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu.
Brief Overview of the activities: July - 2019 To September - 2019
Activities part details: 2D Animation, Poster, Pamphlet, Story Book, Stop Motion Animation, Audio Recording, Flip Book, Story Writing, Newspaper Mapping, Photography. Mouth Puppets and Origami.
Participated session on National Educational policy with Prof. TKS Lakshmi.
Participated session on Biological games activity by Dr. Shambhavi.
Innovation Hub conducted a workshop for Engineering College students. We had coverage the footage.
Video shoot on NID Design in different labs at Physics, Art, Vision work, Nursery and CC Lab.
Photo and video shoot on Swatch Bharat.
Video shoot in DNA Lab.
We were working on video editing on Einstein Hunt.
We participated in interaction and discussion about DNA with Dr. Manju Basal and Shri. Shiv Kumar.
Mr. Prem participated on Interaction with Shri. Sumeer Kumar about Innovation.
Instructor participated on Innovation design process held by Erica & Paige
Conducted photography workshop on 9th and 10th by Mr. Sudharak and Ms.Dipti Desai. 38 Children and 7 Instructors participated in this program.
Conducted Kala Kootami fair at Garigacheenapalli school from 17th to 20th at Kuppam. Two days training was conducted for children and 54 Young Instructor. 2,982 Children and 94 Teachers exposure in the fair.