Children's reaction on receiving school material
Children in urban and rural schools dwell on two opposite spectrum of resource gaps – one blessed in abundance while other grapples for even basic needs like stationeries, books and uniforms. Goonj’s ‘School to School’ initiative focuses on bridging such gaps and crossing chasms of unequal resources and opportunities in their lived reality. Urban school kids learn to value their abundance as they gauge deprivation of the same in resource starved schools in far-flung villages. Simultaneously, children in villages are engaged in various school activities and given our comprehensive “School Kits” for their efforts - NOT as charity but rewarded for their efforts. These activities focuses on achievements instead of charity, encourages creativity, positive behavioral practices around hygiene, attendance and social issues. Through such intervention, our initiative seeks to imbue dignity and empathy among school children as they are brought together on same pedestal and made to reflect.
Here’s a story from Palghar district in Maharashtra, where various co-curricular activities speech recitation, drawing, dancing and games were organized among 12 schools in 4 villages. Previously children were missing out on such fun activities, due to lack of funds. With Goonj’s encouragement under ‘School to School’, not only did they got opportunity but also received our carefully designed School kits as reward for participation. The excitement and energy of those little kids, on receiving the kits was infectious. A little one chirped ‘Aaj Aai bhahut Khush hogi’ (my mother will be very happy today). The children were surprised to receive goodies including stationeries, toys, books and Tiffen boxes for all for themselves!
Teachers also were equally excited - Mr. Nilesh Patil (Teacher), of Tandelpada Zila Parishad School, Loware village, said “iss mahol se bachcho ko school aane me maza aane laga hai..aaj Goonj ki madad se unhe motivate aur unke talent ko sarhane k liye unki zarurat ki kuch cheezen de paenge..” (Because of this fun environment, kids will now come to school regularly. With gentle nudge from GOONJ, these children will be motivated and will be rewarded for their talent
This year, as we endeavor to reach “School Kits” and other basic essentials to over 1 lakh schools kids, we look forward to a committed group of individuals to support us and take this ahead!. Each contribution matters! Do Your Bit.
Read more about School to School initiative here - https://goonj.org/s2s/
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