Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills

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Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills
Design-Driven Stories Teach Kids Skills

Play City. The Children’s Scrappy News Service.

 

Making Mumbai a giant sustainable place to play for one million children to action their 21st Century Skills to take on and reverse Climate Change in the City.

 

Goal 4 – Quality Education

Goal 5 – Gender Equality

Goal 15 – Life on Land

 

Geographic coverage: Mumbai, Maharashtra

 

The Children’s Scrappy News Service is a mass-media, on air, online and on the ground large-scale at school educational program, made in Mumbai, for a world of children. 

 

Scrappy: to make something out of nothing to change everything.

 

Play City, Season II of The Children’s Scrappy News Service, is 26 episodes that take place in the city of Mumbai. Scrappy is a news-talk-game-show program that runs on national television, online through an APP/mobile/digital channel and importantly, on the ground in 1,200 BMC schools in four languages.

 

  • 26 episodes, each 22 minutes, air on national television.
  • 26 skills, 21st Century Skills education for children in Grade 6-8 in 1,200 BMC schools are actioned at-school through scrapbooks of challenges made of repurposed materials. Children define their own problem-solving, design-thinking learning journey - they ask questions and find solutions.
  • 100 places to play in BMC schools or next to, are sustainably remade to be multi-format sports pitches where girls and boys play team sports together. Thousands of children who don’t have access to sports yet will be able to play football, cricket, volleyball in sustainably designed spaces, surrounded by vertical green gardens that are lush from rainwater harvesting, floodlights and schools powered by solar, with bamboo changing rooms and toilets for girls, bees, butterflies and children together play to learn and action a city-wide solution for the greatest challenge of our time.

 

Climate Change.

 

Play City - are you ready to play?

 

Scrappy’s theory of change is that if there’s one city in India that can do this, it’s Mumbai.

 

By the sea, with a long coast line, mass media and yearly floods, Mumbai is on the frontlines of Climate Change and because of that, with Going to School’s MOU to deliver 21st Century Design-Thinking skills at school and funding in place to make the TV series, this is the city that can create spaces for children to design, innovate, learn and action their solutions for a sustainable city at school and where they live. 

 

We, together with one million children and the city, want to make Mumbai a giant sustainable place to play for one million children to take on and reverse Climate Change, ward by ward, school by school, community by community and tell the story, share it widely, on national television.

 

Play City TV

 

The 26 part TV series is supported by the IKEA Foundation and is in the research and writing phase with the goal of going in air on Children’s Day, November 14th 2021. 

 

Play City Mobile/Digital: scrAPP

 

Scrappy’s digital channel for children will stream the TV series and child-created content they’ve created to find solutions for Climate Change there they live. 26 weeks of outside challenges that are completed at school in teams using a scrapbook as a guide have 26 challenges on the APP and Digital channel.

 

Individual children can sign up and build teams to play across the city.

BMC schools are GPS tagged and participate from offline to online completed challenges. Children can nominate their school to be a part of it and/or schools can sign up to play the game and pitch their own solutions actioning them where they are.

 

The Play City schools, skills challenge is open to all schools and children in the city with Going to School directly implementing and engaging children in 1,200 schools that are still largely offline.

 

When the challenge launches, the channel updates daily with leaderboards for schools and wards for how they’re doing. 

 

Play City Schools: Scrapbook

 

Designed scrapbooks made of recycled, up-cycled materials, brightly colored paper, leaves, colored pencils are all-in-one dynamic toolkits for kids to follow a design-thinking process to find solutions to Climate Change where they live, map and design sustainable places to play and action their 21st Century Skills while they play and learn.

 

Play City’s Places to Play

 

With access to 100 sports pitches in BMC schools or next door, Going to School is working with sustainability architects to transform the city’s sports pitches into sustainable places for children to play team sports - sustainably. 

 

Powered by clean energy (solar), installing rainwater harvesting, vertical gardens, vertical farms, composting toilets, bamboo changing rooms and toilets for girls, we want to create green places for children to play across the city.

 

We’re excited. 

 

There are so many hidden places that can be transformed sustainably.

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Learning skills on TV is fun
Learning skills on TV is fun

Schools closed earlier in the year and they are still closed, as of the time we are writing and sharing this report. In April we made School TV a series of over 200 masterclasses in Hindi that aired on TV in Bihar reaching 20 million children. Inspired by the success of School TV, and with schools still closed, we built a Young Enterprise Skills Chat Show around our graphic novel skills adventures. YESS TV aired on TV in Bihar, and this time it came with an IVR that young people could call to answer quiz questions about skills and win a graphic novel. It also was supported by a free-to-download and use APP called the Young Enterprise Skills APP or the YESS APP. On the YESS APP all of the TV shows are there, along with the videos of graphic novels, complete read-along graphic novels and project upload fields for young people’s complete skills project.

 

YESS TV was a hit. So much so that we’re making a new series in Marathi fro Maharashtra. Bu back to this story, YESS TV, a new reason to learn skills at home! An exciting learning adventure for students of Grades 9-12 with hosts Ketan Singh and Kavyal Sedani. Hot on the heels of the smash hit show #SchoolTV comes a brand new 26-part series, the . The show teaches 21st Century Entrepreneurial skills to students in Grades 9-12 – beekeeping, organic farming, coding, how to be a sustainable entrepreneur, starting an enterprise with no budget, meeting entrepreneurs who were once just like them, and lots more! There’s also a quiz to play, inspiring graphic novels to be won, and funding for students’, over the age of 18, big sustainable idea! 

 

The show premiered on DD Bihar on Tuesday, 15 September, 2020, airing daily at 11.05 am. It ran till 17 October, 2020. The show continues to be available on the YESS App, downloadable from Google Play Store, and on the Going to School Youtube channel. Students can watch the shows, answer the quiz, win the graphic novels, and do a lot more learning. 

 

Stay tuned for YESS TV coming to Maharashtra in Marathi!

 

See you soon.

 

Watch the trailer! https://youtu.be/jetLhHhHUl0

 

 

What do you want to do after Grade 12?
What do you want to do after Grade 12?
Starting an enterprise can be risky - be brave!
Starting an enterprise can be risky - be brave!
Do it yourself - be who you want to be!
Do it yourself - be who you want to be!

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School TV artwork

Schools closed in India in March. We then made what we used to do, delivering directly to schools into a TV show. School TV is lessons taught by leading experts in everything from how to make pasta to learning how to code, how to recycle, build a solar light, make a comic, write a Bollywood script, present the news to learning how to play football.

200 episodes have been made to date and same-language-subtitled in Hindi. They are airing on Public Service Television, Doordarshan (DD) in Bihar, India. Excitingly the series is reaching 20 million children.

Each episode asks children to complete a project and submit it by Whatsapp at the end of each episode.

As the conetnt is in Hindi, modern, of the moment and diverse, other state Governments in India are airing the series too, Rajasthan airs one hour of School TV every Saturday.

What's next for us is to make a new series in Marathi to be aired in Maharahstra and to integrate the content into the Government of Bihar's APP to reach 300,000 children and allow for impact assessment for skills acquistion.

Tune into School TV from wherever you are in the world. It's made in India for 50 million children who do not have access to internet or online learning.

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Walking outside

Madhubhani is a different district for us in Bihar, India where we run Get a Plan, a project that teaches young people enterprise skills through graphic novels. It’s different for us because in Madhubhani we focus on girls (in 10 other districts we deliver the content with equal animation to both boys and girls). It’s also different because it’s a district that has a strong feminist art tradition of Madhubhani painting. Inspired by the local art form and tradition, we hoped with new stories we could encourage girls to do new things, explore new careers, become new entrepreneurs, after all, it had already been done a long time ago, oddly it seems it is present that needs to catch up with the progressive past, not the other way round. 

We’ve been traveling Bihar, India to be able to find young heroes who could feature in our Children’s and Young People’s Skills Report. We walked the talk with Anjali in Madhubhani in a field, looking at the field as she thought, she shared:

Young women should get a chance to work outside because they, well, we, we know how to get work done, do more than one thing at a time and look after 10 people at one time.”

Grade 10 she told us is the block, the big reason why girls don’t make it through school. Why Grade 10?

“There are difficult exams that most girls don’t pass so parents think it’s fine not to invest in our education further, she can get married.”

Anjali’s been reading An Adventurer’s Guide to Becoming an Entrepreneur in India and she thinks using your entrepreneurial skills might be an approach to keeping girls in school so one day they can go to work ‘outside’.

“Women are as good as men in whatever field they choose to follow. It’s other people that hold us back, elders see us differently, that boys will go on and earn and look after them, when we all know that’s not absolute, nothing is written anywhere that says that’s how it has to be. Look at the facts, women can already do more than one thing, we do the housework, cook, AND go to school, so we can do that AND go work, and then we’ll be looking after everyone. Boys don’t do the housework, cook AND work now do they? So what makes you think they’ll do that later?”

“What will I do? I’m going to join the Army. Women just got equal pay. I told my Dad and he didn’t say no so that’s almost a yes.” 

She smiles and pauses, looking at her friends who are watching her tell us her story. 

“Oh, you asked what are the three skills I need to do this? I think not just me, but all girls, we have to be fearless, listen to our hearts and if we decide to do something, do it, don’t give up. You know, work outside. Where other girls can see you and think ‘I’m going to do that too’

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Art by Divya Chaturvedi
Art by Divya Chaturvedi

There were many good stories this year, but as 2019 comes to a close ‘Anywhere you want to go’ lingers before the launch of a new decade. 

 

It’s a story of a young woman, Asha, who cycles everywhere, is determined to be a mechanic, challenging norms for girls in an all-boy world, until one day that stops. A bus. A moment. A mistake. Everything changes.

 

Asha and Ayesha are twins. While Asha’s life changes, Ayesha excels in school, university and everything else. Yet it’s never enough. She haunted by not being able to transform Asha’s life back to way it was and is in search of way, a window, an idea of how she could possibly make the world of adventurers accessible to her twin sister.

 

Meanwhile, Atlanta, Asha and Ayesha’s Mum is a clean energy designer and inventor, she adapts solar installations to light football pitches, she lights their small mountain village with twinkling night lights and works with an all woman team of architects, designers and inventors who while they are transforming the village, moonlighting, they also make a new super accessible clean energy powered wheelchair for Asha.

 

This story, and 29 more are part of the 30 new graphic novel adventures that will flow into 1,000 Government Secondary Schools in Bihar, India. For Grade 10-12, with An Adventurer’s Guide to Becoming an Entrepreneur in India welcoming adventurer’s in Grade 9, Grade 10 onwards gives young people a choice. They can choose the adventure story they’d like to complete, with a four day out of the classroom teamwork enterprise project. 

 

Get a Plan is a series of 75 page illustrated, bi-lingual graphic novel adventures that are designed to equip young people with the skills they need to transition from school to equitable work or enterprise of their choice after the age of 18. With a special focus on young women’s retention in school and transition to enterprise.

 

The stories are designed to enable young people to have a choice.

The stories are written, and re-written, with the goal of emboldening young people with the belief that they can design solutions for the biggest challenges their communities face and be able to go, anywhere they’d like to go. Which in many cases may mean staying home to build again where they are, for an equitable, shared, sustainable future reaching far beyond this very New Year and the limits of our imagination.

Art by Divya Chaturvedi
Art by Divya Chaturvedi
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