Education
 India
Project #11908

School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children

by GOONJ
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When we usually talk of ‘Childhood’ the words that are usually associated are  joy, happiness,  naughtiness, homework, school, friends, fun ,games, play, toys, colors…. And so on.  For a large number of children these toys, colors, books, pencils, water bottles… are still distant dreams. Goonj’s School to School initiative is reaching out to the children in far flung remote villages of the country providing material; not as charity but as a motivation for behavioral changes.

An evidence of this is from Kannagi Nagar in Chennai where thousands of people evacuated from different parts of the city due to calamities, metro projects etc. find a refuge. Most are migrant daily wagers. Uma and her husband started a makeshift tuition center in Kannagi Nagar for the local kids to fill up gaps in their education.. Started from the streets with some 15-20 kids, they now have 250 kids enrolled who come twice a day to study. Because of some support from people they now have a shed and are provided with basic food, for children with a high risk of malnourishment.

 We have reached out essential school material to more than 152 kids here including school kits, stationery, geometry boxes, notebooks and oats under Goonj’s ‘School to School’ initiative. When asked to do some activities to get this material as reward, the kids put together and enacted a skit emphasizing the sad sanitation scenario in their locality. It bothered them.. They drew picture showing how it was at present in 2016 and how they wanted it to be in 2018.

Uma is excited, as much for Goonj’s School packs as for the impact the whole exercise has had on the kids. “They come early and leave late and sometimes we had to force them to leave the center. After children received the school kits as rewards in school there are more applications coming to me for enrollment” she shares cheerfully.The parents have also started to drop the children to the center more regularly while the kids have taken up the responsibility of keeping the campus and the surroundings clean.

Similarly, our team reached out in four primary schools in Lalitpur, UttarPradesh (Kapasi, Bijouri, Khiriya Jatara and Kalyanpura Dhanga Basti),providing notebooks/exercise copy books, stationery and some Daris to make the learning experience of these kids a bit better.
The kids participated in a drawing competition to receive this material.

Over the past years thousands of School Kits have been channelized to remote parts of multiples states in India with the continued support received from individuals, corporate, organizations like Global Giving & others. Do spread the word in your network of friends & family as Goonj plans to reach out to 1 lakh children this year.

 

 



 

Group of children with School Kits!
Group of children with School Kits!

Aim for 2016-17; Goonj wants to work extensively in 1000 schools and aaganwadis (pre-primary) across India, impacting 1 lakh children using School Kits as a tool. A Goonj School Kit contains a school bag, water bottle holder, stationery pouch, towel, ball, skipping rope, mat to sit, belt, scarf. Not only are all these things made from recycled material, it also creates wide scale employment and income generation for people from some of the poorest pockets.

Impact; Goonj strongly believes that from a tender age children should not be habituated to charity. Instead Goonj uses the school kits as a motivating tool for behavior change among the recipient children. This not only dignifies giving to children, they perform various activities based on their talents and skills like quiz, fun games, educational games, drawing exercises, singing, dancing, crafts, sketching as motivation. On a macro level we also notice behavioral changes like improvement in attendance, punctuality and discipline among the children.

In some drought affected states where Goonj has been working in the past one year, the burden of school material becomes more exaggerated as the communities struggle for the basics and Goonj’s School kits is an attempt to keep children from dropping out of school. The School Kits thus fill up a critical educational gap by reaching essential school material for a happier learning for these children. The abundance of smiles brought about by the School Kits among the children is a joy to watch. It helps them forget their everyday challenges for a while as they thoroughly enjoy their newly received possessions. On the other hand since our work on School Kits is an on-going work, it ensures regular employment to people working on making these kits.

Your sustained & increased support for ‘School Kits’ (made from recycled material) initiative will be a big support to strengthen our work in remote areas and reach out to many more kids who in the name of schooling have very minimal resources to learn. Do spread the word around and get your friends and colleagues to commit or sponsor a few school kits. 

 
Exploring the contents..
Exploring the contents..
Children happy to use the school kit.
Children happy to use the school kit.
Showing off their prized possession...
Showing off their prized possession...
Children happily posing
Children happily posing
Girls with skipping rope..
Girls with skipping rope..

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Children excited with school kits..
Children excited with school kits..

In the midst of their day to day life challenges children in village India also struggle for small things for their learning needs. Goonj's work across the country reaching children & their families in far- flung areas highlights that these little things given with care, dignity & love make a world of difference to these young minds.

Children who received Goonj's School Kits not only cherished them as a close & special companion but this also influenced their interest and motivation towards learning apart from instilling a sense of confidence and attraction towards going to school.  

Instead of giving the School Kits as charity Goonj works with the school managements to give the school material as a reward for personal, social and academic development shown by the students.

Harish Chandra Bera, Head Teacher, Govt. Primary School, Andharisolesaid about initiative - “Material support is necessary to secure student participation & community involvement” He would know since he has played a critical role in the gradual process of behavior change with material as motivation under Goonj’s School to School (S2S) initiative.

Another teacher shared- “This project came up as a good opportunity to enhance their creativity, encouraged them to speak boldly and explore their own talents. Full enthusiasm was seen among children, as they got a platform of their very own interest”. 

Over the past one year thousands of School Kits have been channelized to remote parts of multiples states in India with the support received from individuals, corporate, organizations like Global Giving & others. This year, we want to work extensively in 1000 schools and aaganwadis across the country, impacting 1 lakh children by bringing about behavioral change using these kits as a tool. 

Showing off school kits...
Showing off school kits...
Waiting for their kits!
Waiting for their kits!
Distribution of school kits!!
Distribution of school kits!!
Excited about school kit...
Excited about school kit...
Before distribution..
Before distribution..

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Girl child with the kit material
Girl child with the kit material

Goonj..'s School to School (S2S) initiative targets the urban as well as the rural children. The urban children learn the importance of recycling resources which would otherwise reach the dumping grounds and feel empowered by helping a child their age get back to school. The rural child is provided the supplies as an award and not charity. This helps improve the involvement in class (involvement and attendance), reduces drop out rate from school and improves general hygiene (cleanliness) and increase their self confidence.

School Kits play an important role under S2S to motivate children to attend school regularly & helps in bringing back children who have dropped out of school.The School Kit mainly comprises of a school bag, seating mat, bottle cover, vegetable bag, pencil pouch, belt, towel, skipping rope/ball, cap and scarf. Children of brick kiln factories recited poems and sang songs and importance of regularly attending the Non-Formal Education (NFE) centres was conveyed to them as well. For taking part in the activities, 145 children in different brick kiln factories attending five NFE centres namely Maitri, Pradnya, Karuna, Jigyasa and a new centre were provided with school kits as a reward.

Children with school Kits..
Children with school Kits..
Happy & Excited to play with the ball..
Happy & Excited to play with the ball..
Children performing activities..
Children performing activities..
Reciting poems..
Reciting poems..
Child performing an activity..
Child performing an activity..

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Girls excited with their School Kits!
Girls excited with their School Kits!

Under Goonj's School to School initiative, School Kits play a significant role in motivating children to attend school regularly and thereby reduces drop out rate. The School Kit mainly comprises of a school bag, seating mat, bottle cover, vegetable bag, pencil pouch, belt, towel, skipping rope, cap and scarf. Children performed action songs & dance, recited poems and also took part in games. Children were also guided on the importance of maintaining hygiene, regularly attending schools and also about being self-disciplined. For taking part in the same, 139 children attending Zilla Parishad schools in Dongergaon, Budhehal, Goudvadi, Pachegaon and Kole in Sangola block, Solapur District and 305 children attending Zilla Parishad schools in Dahigaon, Bhospada, Ambivali, Kelichapada, Vazar and Thakurpada received School Kits. 

Children happy with all the school materials..
Children happy with all the school materials..
Performing Activities...
Performing Activities...
Children singing a group song..
Children singing a group song..
Proudly wearing their School Bags!
Proudly wearing their School Bags!
Ready to play with their balls!
Ready to play with their balls!

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GOONJ

Location: New Delhi, Delhi - India
Website: http:/​/​www.goonj.org
Project Leader:
Priyanka Tiwari
New Delhi, Delhi India
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