21 design-driven stories teach 21 powerful entrepreneurial skills to children age 12-14 in 1,300 Grade 9 secondary government schools in Bihar, India. Girls in Grade 9 are at risk from dropping out of school next year. Every young person in our program receives a set of stories to take home, love and read. A set of stories that teach empowering skills to enable kids to grow up to get a job or create a job: how to identify a problem as an opportunity, take initiative, build a team and make a plan
Education around the world is not relevant to employment. In India's poorest states, millions of children drop out of school before the age of 18 without the skills they need get a job or create a job. Even if they stay in school they are not learning the skills they need to participate in our economy and lead lives of poverty. India's youth unemployment crisis is impacting over 200 million young people. Girls are most adversely affected, after dropping out without skills they are unable to work
21 design-driven, full colour stories teach India's poorest children entrepreneurial skills at school. Every week 150,000 children mandated by the Government children read a story at school, play a game (we deliver board games that teach concepts of cash flow, marketing, building social connections) and over the weekend kids complete their skills challenges: they go house to house to conduct a survey for the viability of solar light, they create children's newspapers about entrepreneurs.
We've already seen a 60% increase in attendance on Be! Schools Skills days. More kids come to school, they read fluently, speak up, present, participate, problem-solve, gain confidence, meet new people and explore new social enterprise ideas. Children are able to identify all entrepreneurial skills, explain when they use their skills and have already taken action: girls have had a toilet for girls built, the road to their school fixed, children go to the bank to open bank accounts.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
One day a story came to my classroom
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