Addressing the Ever-Increasing Education Gap
‘Study Mall’– A Safe Haven for Rural Students
The first Study Mall at Surangali
"More importantly, these children no more have to accompany their parents to the farm.They can come to the Study Mall and utilize their time constructively," says Santosh.
School children at the Study Mall
The results of the Study Mall has convinced more principals to ask for these facilities. Schools have seen an increase in attendance, better learning in classrooms, increase in overall study time and better reading and writing skills in children. The teachers are also motivated to use computers to make their classes much more interesting.
How You Can HelpInspite of his successful career, Santosh wants to reach out to as many less priviliged children as possible and make a difference in their lives. He dreams of setting up one Study Mall in each village, and the next step is setting up the fourth Study Mall. This Study Mall is planned for Chikatgaon, to help students in the one primary school in that area. This school has a very poor classroom set up and a StudyMall can help the children reinvent their academic life.
On one particular occassion, Santosh received a handwritten note from a kid, wherein she talks about how much she enjoys studying at the Study Mall based in Vangani.
"I study in Zilla Parishad school No. 3. Earlier it was very difficult to learn Geography, Marathi, History, English, Science etc. We didn't have the maps for Geography, couldn't visualize the ancient kingdoms of History, couldn't see the science experiments. But then our teachers got together with ThinkSharp Foundation and got a projector and 5 tablets and also opened a library. These are the problems faced in our school and the solutions that helped us," she writes in her note.
Reworked version of an article that appeared in SocialStory