Children  India Project #1594

Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills

by Going to School Fund


Going to School in India can be quite glum. Often there's no electricity, or too many kids in a class. Your teacher is present, absent, overwhelmed. But then sometimes, every so often, there's a story. It comes once a week, sometimes twice, as graphic novel, a game to play, sometimes it's even a children's scrappy news room made of junk & once-loved-things. Despite all odds, in every community in India, there are children going to school. Stories can reach the poorest children on the planet.

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The world is a mess and children are going to school in the middle of it. The poorest kids on the planet are the heroes we need for the time we're in. Stories as graphic novels, heroes on TV, heroes in real life inspire kids to know they too can change the world. Girls and young women are most adversely affected. While poverty, climate change and lack of water swirl, the poorest kids have the answer, we just need to believe, and to ask.


We create design-driven stories to teach kids skills at school. We work with Governments and foundations, training teachers to use our stories with kids, to ensure that kids learn 21st Century Skills. Every week 500,000 kids read graphic novel adventures about hero entrepreneurs who are changing the world, they play board games together to understand teamwork, problem-solving, fair play and then then go into their communities to solve big problems. They find solar lights. They recycle.

Long-Term Impact

Kids are changing everything. They've built toilets for girls, started schools under trees and inspired communities to install biomass plants - all because of a story. A third party evaluation showed our stories (and skills experiences) teach kids eight key entrepreneurial skills in one academic year - the lead skills are curiosity and creativity (some of the hardest skills to teach). We've built 15 Children's Scrappy Newsrooms with kids in Eastern Bihar who are now broadcasting.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


One day a story came to my classroom
What happens after Be! Schools
The Kids' Sustainable School Challenge
The Kids' Sustainable School Challenge

Organization Information

Going to School Fund

Location: New Delhi - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lisa Heydlauff
New Delhi, India
$16,066 raised of $75,000 goal
347 donations
$58,934 to go
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