Feb 26, 2018

100% Wild. Pitch it! The kids enterprise challenge

Annu's 100% Wild Idea
Annu's 100% Wild Idea

It's that time of year again: Pitch it! 100% Wild. The Kids Sustainable School Challenge and we've done the numbers and we've notified the finalists!

This time last year we were writing to you about the finalists for the first ever, Pitch it! Kids Sustainable School Challenge. Fast forward, 50/101 kids won grants to action the change they want to see in their schools and they are doing fabulously well. This year, we changed the theme to be 100% Wild. "How can you make your school organic, zero waste, sustainable?" And the ideas we've received have been wild. Pure honey, organic gardens, recycle everything. Some of our favorite ideas are here as photos and stories. Stay tuned for March 31st and April 1st where kids will be pitching their ideas for this year's grand finale of Pitch it! !00% Wild.


See you in Nalanda.

Hemalata's 100% Wild Idea
Hemalata's 100% Wild Idea
Shivam's 100% Wild Idea
Shivam's 100% Wild Idea

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Feb 15, 2018

Soon Round 2 of Pitch it! School enterprise update

Shipra & her friends
Shipra & her friends

We've been making the final list for the 103 finalists of this year's Pitch it! The Kids Sustainable School Challenge and the kids ideas are super exciting, the grand finale is slated for April 1st, and there's other good news for the day of laughter, we'll tell you about that very soon. 

In the meantime, exciting updates from the field!

Shipra and the Recycle to Clean Co. 

The Big Problem: Shipra’s school was unclean and messy as the kids threw garbage all over the school. This led to parts of school being really not fit for kids.

Shipra's Solution! Recycled tin cans have been converted into dustbins and placed in front of every class. One for bio-degradable waste and one for plastic waste. Yea, seperate waste!

Sustainability and Impact: The bio-degradable waste is being supplied to the local organic compost manufacturer. Plastic waste is disposed with the help of Municipal Department. Kiran Kumari Jha, a Going to School team member, is mentoring the kids on recycling and reusing of materials that can be reused. And so far it's all good news.

Well done Shipra!

Chandan’s Clean Water for All Co. 

The Big Problem: Chandan always wondered about the empty seats in the classroom. Reasons for kids missing out classes because of different health issues. He realized this is because of the lack of drinking water in the school. Clean water is the basic need for everyone to be healthy, not get sick and be able to concentrate!

Chandan's Solution: A new hand-pump was installed in the school which is providing water that is free of any contaminants. The health related issues have reduced and children have started coming to school regularly! 

Sustainability and Impact: Anil Kumar, who specializes in water supply management, is mentoring Chandan and all the kids of the school on developing the habit of conserving water and the most judicious use of water. The school is marking out funds from which they can install a water cooler for the kids. Well done Chandan!

 

Zabeen and the Wacky Sports Co. 

The Big Problem: Play in school is equally important as studies in the classroom. Girls in Zabeen's school are not playing for lack of safe space to play, lack of sports equipment or sports shoes. 

Zabeen's Solution: To get the girls from the school to play, a safe space had to be created for the girls. With lack of space in her own school, a football pitch was made in a neighboring school. The girls have been provided with 27 pairs of shoes, many footballs and a woman coach to coach them to play football three times a week, after school. Whoo hoo, well done Zabeen!

Sustainability and Impact: The equipment needed to play and the football pitch are managed by the kids themselves. The kids are curious to learn and a girl’s football team has been created for the year 2017-18. Their confidence has increased and more and more kids have started playing. Girls are playing football for the first time all because of Zabeen's big idea!

Zabeen's Girls Football league
Zabeen's Girls Football league
Chandan's Clean water co
Chandan's Clean water co
Nov 27, 2017

The Children's Scrappy News Service

The Children's Scrappy Newsroom by the sea
The Children's Scrappy Newsroom by the sea

We've been working on the Childre's Scrappy News Service quietly for some time now. Then, on November 14th, 2017 everything changed. November 14th is Children's Day in India, it's when by the sea in a fishing village in South Mumbai, we built the Children's Scrappy News Service newroom made of junk and once-loved things. A girls' football team flew in from Jharkhand, we live-streamed from Mumbai to Bengaluru to two locations in Bihar, India. We had so much fun. Everyone we knew stopped by or tweeted their best wishes. At one point #ScrappyNewsService was all-India #2 trending on Twitter, just below #Childrensday. That's quite a feat for a small compnay with a new idea. 

It's been a long journey. Why are we sharing this news with you now, on our platform about 'design-driven stories teach children skills at school'?

Because for us, Scrappy is the glue. It sticks together everything we've done over the past 14 years in India. It's what we've learned about what works in government schools that are offline. You need to be entertaining. You need to find something that kids and parents can be a part of together. You need something that anyone can be a part of, something that anyone can do. Scrappy for us means to create something out of nothing to change the way things are. And that's important, because we're not all online or speak English, we don't all have all of the perfect pieces lined up to make what we want to happen, happen. But if we believe in our own ability to be scrappy, we're ready now for the kids revolution and it starts right here, right now. 

The Children's Scrappy News Service is a news-talk-game show run by two kids and a gender-fluid robot called Scrappy. In a newsroom made of junk and once-loved-things two kid anchors and their wacky guests get to the bottom of the biggest problems we face. Why is there no place to play? How do get every dog a job? Let's get the plastic out of the ocean! TV, aired on Sundays at 11am, kicks off 'what you can do' campaigns that are followed up on our global digital channel www.scrappynews.com and on the ground, in offline schools (our DNA), there are scrapbooks made of recycled materials that empower kids to build their own newsrooms, find a story, find solutions and make their own shows.

We're proud to be made in India. We're excited to move to new countries, connecting kids around what they care about and what they'd like to change. As 2017 comes to a hustling, bustling close, we want to thank you for believing in possibility, we wanted to thank you for being scrappy. 

How to build a newsroom, scrapbook
How to build a newsroom, scrapbook
once-loved-things
once-loved-things
Scrappy
Scrappy
It's a mess
It's a mess

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