School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children

by GOONJ
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children
engrossed with the new school material
engrossed with the new school material

Our children and their education.. is a topic every generation worries about. In cities we see a lot of facilities and resources yet gaps in empathy, caring and awareness about challenges of village India. In villages we come across a constant struggle for the basics of learning; water bottles, notebooks, basic furniture, etc.. How we wish childhood and learning was the same everywhere.

Goonj’s School to School initiative fills these gaps in urban and rural schools across India by connecting the abundance in city schools to the scarcity in village schools. City school children learn empathy, compassion, recycling- reuse in the process while village kids receive learning material schools packs with dignity, as a reward for their participation in learning activities.

Last year Goonj reached out 19,987 school packs (containing note book and books, stationery, water bottle holder, skipping rope, a vegetable bag and a hanky) to villages of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bundelkhand and Uttarakhand states of India.

This was possible because of contributions from many individuals like you from India and abroad.

This year (2017-18) Pratibimb (3 days event held in New Delhi, India) brought together more than 150 children from urban and rural school from all across India to build a better understanding among these two extreme ends of our education challenge.

We also share here two stories from our education related work this year.

Story 1 - https://www.facebook.com/goonj.org/videos/10155580656381265/ 

Story 2 - https://www.facebook.com/goonj.org/videos/10155594975726265/

What can you do, reading these stories and looking at these pictures of innocence and childhood?

Something very simple.. Contribute material or make a monetary contribution for the logistics of this work.

‘Khushiyon ka Recycle’ campaign aims at instilling the value of sharing and caring for others in city children, and channelizing their unused school material (at the end of the academic year) which would be of immense value for a school going child in resource starved village schools. 

You can also talk to at least 10 people in your own network to spread the word about this campaign. This small gesture can trigger a big impact for our children.

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Have you or your parents ever taken an initiative to address a broken public problem? Would you believe that an entire schools can be built with urban unused material?  If you are intrigued by these questions, then this story is for you..!!

Here are two inspiring stories of taking the initiative to solve our own problems.

Women of Panapur village in Bihar have no formal education and have never been to a school either. BUT they took matters into their own hands to built an aaganwadi using bamboo and mud for their children aged between 4 and 13 years.  42 women received Goonj family kits for their efforts under the Cloth For Work  initiative and children received school uniforms, shoes & various study materials.  These women broke all gender barriers and set new parenting goals.

People from Korrapadu, a tribal village on the eastern Ghats of Vishakhapatnam, had no school in 8 kms vicinity. They built a school for their children’s with bamboo sticks, mud and a bit of motivation.A young educated couple from a neighboring village’s gave up a month’s salary to make this the school roof waterproof.

Participating parents received family kits for their efforts and children received school kits with uniforms, shoes and other study materials.

School to School initiative is addressing the educational needs of thousands of remote & resource starved village/ slum schools by channelizing under-utilised material of city’s affluent schools not as a thing to distribute but as a tool to bring about comprehensive behavior change in the recipients and the contributors!

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Fun to School..!!
Fun to School..!!

This time we bring you a story from Raichur from the south Indian state of Karnataka. We all know childhood is about fun, learning and creativity.  Our team recently connected with children of Devadasi and Lambani community, (most socially excluded communities) in Mudgal, Raichur district of Karnataka. Our goal was simple; we wanted these children to have fun and create memories in the process of learning. Working as groups and individuals they took up various activities, performing skits on water conservation and environment and expressing their dreams and thoughts on different topics and cultural performances etc.

 Goonj applauded and awarded the active and sincere participation of these students by reaching 860 comprehensive school kits to them under its School to School initiative. Given as an award these kits act not only as confidence boosters but also instill a sense of achievement and pride in them and motivates them to do better in future as well.

  ‘School to School’ is one of Goonj’s flagship initiatives that focuses on ensuring that children in rural India have better access to basics of learning material by channelizing resources from urban schools. Every contribution directed towards this initiative motivates a child to learning.

Kids deeply engrossed..
Kids deeply engrossed..
Skit...
Skit...

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80 little kids tying tiny rakhis  around Trees!!! Rakhi has a symbolic importance in the Indian way of life. It is a sacred thread which is traditionally tied by a sister on the wrist of her brother with a prayer for his prosperity and happiness. These 80 kids are from a small village school next to a forest (Kanachhinda) in Mayurbhanj district in Odisha marched to the nearby forest and hugged an tied rakhi around the trees and made a promise to protect these trees in future. As an encouragement for this simple yet powerful act Goonj reached school kits to these children.

In a remote village Agrail of Saharsa district of Bihar, the villagers decided to take charge by making a school for their children. These people created a school with a toilet and a clean space for cooking mid-day meal under Goonj’s School to school (S2S) initiative implementation.

Goonj is working rigorously on building a better physical environment in village schools under our School to school (S2S) initiative. Every contribution made to S2S initiative will lead to a more comprehensive development of the school.

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Kids receiving material as a reward
Kids receiving material as a reward

“We have seen many organizations give material, this is the first time that material has made the children think, work together and learn something new”, says a teacher at Ayyanallur Govt. Middle school in Gummidipoondi block, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu.

Students of this school did remarkable work under Goonj 'School to School' initiative. While a student team enacted a drama on the importance of natural farming and natural foods, others worked on identifying herbal plants apart from making and maintaining a kitchen garden. They also learnt and spoke about the importance of scientific concepts, food chain and how it works etc.1000 school kids in Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu received 1000 school kits and aasans (sitting mats) from Goonj as a reward for such inspiring activities.

Goonj’s School to School initiative turns urban school material into a reward to motivate rural children towards learning and education. Thus instead of habituating kids to charity it’s about teaching kids about achievement and dignity.

Kids worked on identifying herbal plants
Kids worked on identifying herbal plants
Drama on natural farming and foods..
Drama on natural farming and foods..
Kitchen gardening
Kitchen gardening

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Location: New Delhi, Delhi - India
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Priyanka Tiwari
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Priyanka Tiwari
New Delhi, Delhi India

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