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 se...
Apr 15, 2014

Make an impact with a story

Make an impact with a story.

 

Asha (name changed) a student of Grade 9 has been reading stories and learning skills at school. She has read 11 books in the Going to School class and her favourite story out of them is ‘Getting to the bottom of it’. She drew a map of her locality and identified the problems around her.

 

“I identified the problems in my locality through my project. I saw them around me, in the news and my elders talking about them. The gravest issues are of child marriage, female foeticide and naxal attacks. There are the everyday problems of water and electricity too in my village.”

Connecting every element that was a problem, the cause of it and how it could be solved, her project had a strong message how stories read in classrooms had so much impact on children’s minds.

 

Asha is reading stories every Saturday in the Going to School class and has learnt entrepreneurial skills. Her teacher, Sujit Kumar Singh says, “I am very proud of the work Going to School has been doing. The skills if incorporated properly can make the top notch of entrepreneurs from amongst these children.”

 

Asha Kumari goes to her school Lalpari Devi Girls High School on her pink cycle pink bicycle in and out on the bumpy lanes for four kilometers everyday. Her father works in Kolkata and her mother stays with him due to her poor health. While her parents her away, her elder sister is her guardian who is married and lives with her kids.

A proud sister, Sandhya Kumari says, “Asha has always been dedicated to her studies and also does a lot of art and crafts. We want her to excel in the field she is good at.”

She knows the objective behind the Going to School program and has helped her younger sister with identifying problems around her.

 Sandhya doesn’t mind her sister going for extra classes to learn skills at school and is glad she is learning so much. 

“I want her to grow up to become whatever she wishes to and I will always support my little sister in every step.”

Asha, a happy-go-lucky 14 year old says she loves her village and her home means more fun when her sister and nephews are around. However, she says, “I have the skill to identify problems and taking a risk now. I know the seriousness of the problems in my village. The schools are really far and the smaller schools do not give good education.”

 

Her elder sister adds, “Lack of public transportation and poor medical centers is another problem. Asha’s project made me realize these things. She is taking the right step. To solve a problem, first we need to identify its root causes.”

She believes her sister and the generation to come can make a huge impact in the development of her village if they study hard and have a comfortable living.

Asha is reading stories and learning skills to make her village develop and make it a better place to live comfortably. She has taken the first step of identifying the problems and her skills will help her solve them ahead. Meanwhile, one story at a time, Kiran is learning great entrepreneurial skills which are already developing a hero entrepreneur in her. 

Jan 23, 2014

What happened in 2013

It's been a marvellous year and we wanted to thank you for your incredible support.

For the past year, Be! Schools has been working in 871 secondary government schools in Bihar. Every week, 87,100 children have read stories to learn skills, they have played skills games in the classroom and gone adventuring into their communities to create skills action projects. Children have created children's newspapers about entrepreneurs, and we collected them, and read each one. We noticed for the first time this year that a number of women entrepreneurs featured in children's news. This is a very good change. Usually girls and boys can only find men entrepreneurs because those are the only people working or taking a risk. But there's been a change, this year girls found women who work, and they told us they were heroes. Girls found a woman entrepreneur who makes wedding band toys out of clay with gold paint and sparkles, another little girl discovered her grandmother used to melt orange sweets and then make orange ice-cream, she even sold it from her bicycle.

So the good news at the end of 2013 is that entrepreneurs are everywhere, and there's been a change for the better in Bihar, slowly but surely, more women entrepreneurs are appearing everywhere we look.

Please do watch the movie to see girls on the move learning skills in India.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o2yygBY33o&feature=c4-overview&list=UUnLSJaciXxDwvUCuHyFqs8w

With our best wishes for the holidays!

Going to School. 

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Jan 22, 2014

2014 opens in frosty Bihar at book fairs

Rickshaw delivering books
Rickshaw delivering books

In frosty January, Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Bihar is running book fairs in 38 districts across Bihar in school grounds.

The Going to School team in Bihar thought it would be right to show all of our books from the past 10 years, so Going to School in India, Girl Stars and Be! Books were shown to children in nine districts. We decided to not just show the books but to make it interactive, so children were given chart papers to complete their entrepreneurial skills projects. Some children sat on the mats reading books in the cold for three hours because they liked the stories so much. Every child that completed a project won a hero badge. Exceptional kids and projects took home skills backpacks.

Funky license plate
Funky license plate
Moving stories
Moving stories
Asif hard at work
Asif hard at work

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