Education
 India
Project #7959

Bricks to Books

by Learning Links Foundation
Vetted

Activities Taken-up in the last Quarter :

The Children of migrant labours had an opportunity to have fun learning during the summer holidays. In spite of hot summer these children were very eager to work with notebooks, pen, paper and even technology.  More than 100+ students participated in the summer sessions. Initially they were slightly hesitant to attend but later days they were not willing to miss the sessions as it had more activities and fun filled learning. The children were oriented based on activities they come across in day to day life. The most interest activity was on animals and birds they see every day. They felt very sad knowing on the fact of the effects on animals and birds due to human behavior, deforestation, pollution etc. The kids portrayed their thoughts through simple paintings on conserving the nature.

The activities to these children were given based on their skill set after analyzing the same. The identified children shared their skills to others by training their peers with their skill set. Best example was one of the kids training others on origami (paper folding) and others joined together and made the models of animals and birds too. The technology intervention played a vital role during these sessions. The children were very adaptive to learn the basics and used it as a tool to display their learning’s.

 The minority children from various part of the country gather to learn Arabic language through Madarsa’s during summer. These students were surprised on getting an opportunity to learn technology. Since these students never had an access to computers ever before and also since they cannot read, write, speak or understand English, learning computers was a humungous task for them. They found it very interesting as it was activity based learning’s using technology as a tool. The children shared the happenings around their community, the problems they face every day. The healthy discussion resulted with lots of solutions to over go the issues in their community. The children finally returned back with lots of learning’s and assured to join next summer too. 


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Food Bank to help the needy:

One of the most burning issues in India is HUNGER. Though there are many people starving out of hunger on the other side most of the people waste food during weddings, birthday parties and other ceremonies.  Looking at this scenario one of the student from Bangalore nodal school thought it would be a great idea to collect leftover food from these parties, ceremonies and hotels and donate it to as many people as possible who fight hunger every day. She named this project as “Food Bank” and she is collecting the leftover food and distributing the people who are in need.

 

Development of Smart Irrigation System by the students to save Water:

Inspired by the technology and innovation students from Bangalore nodal school participated in the Tech Challenge conducted by a software giant The students came up with an idea of smart irrigation system The aim of the project is to create a low cost ecosystem for the efficient usage of water for agricultural purpose (automatic irrigation system) using technology with a major focus on providing support to farmers and equipping them with smart technology. It automatically detects the requirement of water by determining the moisture present in the soil so that an indication can be given to the farmer about when & how much water is required to the field. In this way, water can be saved and a drought situation can be avoided. This idea had won the award in the ‘Popular Choice Award’ category. The festival had a participation of 71 projects from 17 different states of India.

 

Special Digital Literacy Trainings for Community Outreach Children during Summer Vacation:

The foundation is conducting special community digital literacy batches across India (from 8 nodal schools) throughout the summer vacation.  So far 800 community children are enrolled in digital literacy trainings and new batches are also lined-up. At Hyderabad Special Madrasa batches are also organized for girl students. The foundation will reach out to at least 1200 underserved students through community outreach program.

 


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Activities carried out during last quarter

 Decoding the Code

In continuation to empower the youth with technology skills the Foundation has introduced Computational thinking   & Coding to the students. More than1000 students across India have already completed the hour of code and new students are being added on a daily basis. The initiative is helping the students to improve logical thinking, problem solving skills, creativity and innovation

 Development of Mobile App

The Techie club members from Delhi nodal school have developed a mobile app on Government’s Mid Day Meal program. This app automatically calculates the amount of groceries, budget required as per the input given by the user. It also maintains the register of existing stocks. The reason behind creating this app was to check the mismanagement of the stock and misuse of resources. Students created this application to ensure transparency in the system.

 Mobile App to Manage School MIS database

The students of Chennai nodal school have developed an app for the data base management of school records. This is a very useful app as it helps the school teachers to maintain and track the students’ data- base. This app works on android platform and the teachers can access the student details from any time anywhere.

 Solving Trouble Shooting Issues

A 10th passed out student from Bangalore nodal school, used to spend a lot of time in the resource center post school hours and showed keen interest in learning about advanced computing and troubleshooting hardware issues. He watched online videos and was also a part of many online groups .Today he has excelled as an expert addressing all trouble shooting issues and has started earning small amounts. These earnings are helping him to pay his college fee. As per him this is the first step in his journey   to use technology effectively.

 Teaching all the way to make a difference

The SSLC topper at Bangalore nodal school is from lower economic strata and is a first generation learner. She empathized that many students in the nearby area were below poverty line and were not able to afford tuitions. She   decided to offer tuitions to those students on a regular basis and continues to make a difference in a small way.


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Activities Taken-up Last Quarter

Development of Computational Thinking

In continuation to the computer literacy classes, the foundation recently introduced “Coding” in to the program. This program empowers the students with “computational thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation”. The students are enjoying this fun way of learning, drag and drop programming.

Save Paper, Save Trees and Save the Planet

Students from Hyderabad school developed a wonderful project on the theme save paper. This project is a thorough study of 15 students saving 12000 papers in a month which is equal to 15 fully grown Trees, 80,000 liters of water, 1 tonne of coal. These 15 students are showcasing this project to other school students to spread the adverse effect of wasting paper and its impact on environment.

 Techie Club Wonders

Techie Club members from all the nodal schools are introducing innovative tools, applications in to the program to create awareness about various social issues. Students from Gurgaon School developed a game by using Kodu application which talks about how students being kidnapped by strangers. Students from Chennai School developed a mobile application to maintain the database of the students.

  Empowering the community children with Digital Literacy Skills

During the first quarter vacation the resource center and collaborative classrooms were completely utilized for community outreach programs. Due to this initiative more than 1000 community children across India were empowered with21st century and digital literacy skills. Special trainings were organized for girl students.


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Activities Taken-up Last Quarter

 

Civic Education Students Fighting for Rights

The Civic Education program has resulted in empowering students and creating awareness about their rights. The nodal school at Chennai witnesses a lot of problems such as loitering of stray dogs and unauthorized parking outside the school campus. In order to overcome the above problems, the students visited the Municipal Corporation, met the Commissioner and submitted a written letter to resolve the issue. Looking at the initiative undertaken by the students, a representative from the Municipal Corporation visited the school and took concrete action to resolve the problems.

 

Stay Safe—Cyber wellnessWorkshops

Learning Links Foundation conducted a series of workshops across all the project schools to create awareness on Cyber Safety. This workshop helped t he students about Do’s and Don’ts while using social media and helped them under- stand - how to stand up against bullying and harassing on Social Media. More than 7000 students were impacted with this initiative.

Participation Digital Wellness Online Challenge

Inspired by the Stay Safe Workshop all the participants 3000 + students from nodal schools participated in the “Digital Wellness Online Challenge” and achieved merit certificates. This Online quiz was conducted by Government of India to assess the student’s awareness about Cyber Safety. Merit certificates were awarded to the students who completed the test successfully.

Empoweringthecommunity children with DigitalLiteracy Skills

During the summer vacation the resource center and collaborative classrooms were completely utilized for community outreach programs. Due to this initiative more than 2800 community children across India were empowered with21st century and digital literacy skills. Special trainings were organized at National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi and Madrasa, Hyderabad to reach out to children from the marginalized sections of the society.


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Learning Links Foundation

Location: New Delhi, Delhi - India
Website: http:/​/​www.learninglinksindia.org
Project Leader:
Nuriya Ansari
New Delhi, Delhi India

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