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Support Young Students to continue their learning online with Tablets
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    Mounika Kuraparthy
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Thinksharp Foundation

    from Pune, Maharashtra

80G tax benefits for INR donations

Greetings! We are a team of passionate high school changemakers - Jeeya Shete, Ranjini Sarkar, Somin Narain, Tanmay Maddewad, and Vedant Deshmukh. With the help of TribesforGood, we have decided to support the children of  ThinkSharp Foundation as we aim to provide underprivileged children to continue with their learning online during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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About ThinkSharp Foundation
ThinkSharp Foundation is a non-profit organisation with the vision of bridging the rural-urban education divide. Established in 2011, it is based in Mumbai and Pune and supports other NGOs such as Pratyek by providing supplies to aid the needs of young students.
“To provide the underprivileged students with a chance to continue learning and fulfill their dreams, despite the hurdles they have encountered during this ongoing pandemic.”

Why Should You Fund?
ThinkSharp believes that each and every child has a right to education in any given circumstances. They want to improve the quality of education for students in rural areas, during COVID-19, by providing them with a basic tablet to continue learning from well-trained teachers and gain exposure. Lack of opportunity is pulling back these young future makers from achieving their dreams. ThinkSharp aims to provide them with quality education.
Additionally, providing tablets will give the students access to abundant audio and video books. This will give these children a chance to brighten their futures, while also staying connected to their peer groups and remain in school at a time when physical schools are mostly closed.

How Can You Fund?
The funding can be done through donations. You can contribute any amount that you deem fit to the organisation through the website.

Donate for a bright future for the upcoming generation to create a better and sustainable future. Every bit of your contribution will lead to fulfilling the dreams of the underprivileged.
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Statistics
(Source - UNICEF)
Closure of 1.5 million schools due to coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdowns in 2020 impacted 247 million children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools
Pre-COVID, only a quarter of households (24%) in India had access to the internet and there is a large rural-urban and gender divide.
In addition, there are over six million girls and boys who were already out of school even before the COVID-19 crisis began
Story

Radhika Chaudhary is a grade 10 student in a government school in New Delhi and an aspiring doctor. Her father worked in a factory but lost his job with the onset of the COVID–19 pandemic. Her family finds it difficult to make ends meet, which is impacting Radhika’s studies as her parents cannot afford a tablet for her online classes. Every day, her dream of becoming a doctor is fading, but there is still hope for children like Radhika. You can help such students by donating and enabling them to attend online classes. 

You can read the campaign details below:
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 Home School By Thinksharp Foundation

Home schooling for rural children - Need of the hour

Why do we need home-schooling?

COVID-19, has affected the globe in every way possible. We humans are taking every possible measure to survive during this pandemic. Unfortunately, some of us have lost our loved ones along the way. But as we know life never stops. Carrying those sacred memories, we humans move on and work harder to live a better life after passing all the troubles we face.

However, is that possible for everyone? Each of us have our own method of surviving through this phase but the rural children in our nation are stuck in this vicious spiral. Apart from battling the pandemic the long break from education that they have been on may restrict them from rejoining their school due to various reasons. These obstacles don’t just lead to poor quality of education, but also contribute to high dropout rates in rural schools - nearly 50 percent by the age of fourteen. The real struggle for them starts after the pandemic when they have their whole life ahead of them.

As a viable solution we turn towards digital education, but the inadequate circumstances make it impossible in rural areas of India. Most of the rural children do not have a computer, laptop, or a tablet in order to connect to their teachers or any other webinars, seminars, online classes etc. Even if they start school, it is going to be very difficult for teachers and students to be on top of finishing the academic syllabus in an effective manner.

What will be provided in home school project to rural school ?

Thinksharp Foundation (TSF) has planned to implement a home-schooling model, starting with Z.P. School, Gorhe Budruk village, Haveli, Pune. Under this project TSF will provide educational tablets to all 70 children from grades 4 to 7 of this school. These tablets will help them connect with their teachers to attend online classes and will also have a library of 1200 books to read along with other educational apps. This will allow them to study online and offline.

First Pilot of home school by Z.P School Ghore Budruk
One of the teachers of this school, Mr. Rajnikant Mendhe (Know more about him - https://www.rajnisir.in/ ) is trying best to connect children through Zoom, but the pilot project of online classes could not be continued as most of the children did not have a suitable device in order to move forward. He stresses on the element of urgency in this situation as students in the village are on the verge of abandoning their education.


(Tablets distributed to students)

#SM4E #awards The Jury Panel has selected and recognised our initiative ‘Home School, by ThinkSharp Foundation  as the SPECIAL MENTION in the Social Commerce, Crowdsourcing and Crowd Funding category for the year 2020-2021.



(Recent media coverage in Hindustan Times of Home Schooling program in Ghore Budruk school)

Some more coverage -
Edex by The New Indian Express - https://www.edexlive.com/people/2020/aug/16/how-thinksharps-idea-of-providing-tablets-to-rural-kids-can-stop-them-from-becoming-dropouts-13844.html
Sakal News - https://www.esakal.com/pune/one-tab-use-two-students-start-online-learning-333553

In rural areas, disinterest in studies accounts for 20.24% of school children, hence some students, especially younger ones, may totally lose their interest for schooling, making it difficult to incentivise them back into school. More importantly, he says that a crisis like this forces the parents to take their kids to work to earn money and as soon as money starts flowing in parents become reluctant to send their kids back to school. Mr. Mendhe is working through all obstacles such as lack of resources, connectivity issues, and rural stereotypes to make his mission succeed. Despite these hurdles, the children that could attend these online classes, even for a short period of time, showed a high amount of interest and motivation towards learning more about the world around them. This showed us the need for development of digital infrastructure for these students so that their learning never stops!

Home school project - The future of education

TSF will start with Z.P. School, Gorhe Budruk village, as a pilot project. Albeit, If the pandemic continues, TSF would like to implement this home-schooling project in all the other schools TSF caters to. TSF currently runs a project called “StudyMall” in 51 rural schools in Maharashtra.

StudyMall is a project which strengthens rural schools with better educational infrastructure such as digital learning tools, libraries, computer education, electricity through solar energy etc. For more details visit https://thinksharpfoundation.org/#home

Benefits for the kids:
  • The journey of educations continues for these kids
  • User friendly tablets expedite the phase of introduction. Students will have access to complete academic content in multimedia format as per state board syllabus
  • Student will not drop out of school 
  • Students will be engaged and connected with teachers
  • Home-schooling through StudyMall will make rural education capable of providing interactive and hands-on learning experiences. In the long run this makes the kids confident and digitally literate when they go for higher education.
As we see it, by a successful campaign we’ll be able to impact a multitude of children by unlocking the doors for them to define their future. Heroes like Mr. Mendhe are dedicating all their time towards the future of India despite these critical times. This is where we need to step in by providing our contribution towards an exponential long term well-being.

Tablet Costing - INR 10,000/- per tablet  

Total Project Costing for 200 students INR 20,00,000/- (Including admin expenses)

Branded Education Tablet ( 4G + WiFi ) installed with academic syllabus, digital library of  1200 books, warranty.

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