Village Schools In Madhya Pradesh Get 100 Digital Classrooms, Thanks To This Organisation

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It is not a very unknown fact that school education in rural India is in shambles, with no practical upgrade of the teaching methods, insufficient teachers, appalling infrastructure and lack of motivation among both students and teachers. Armed with an obsolete syllabus and trained in the traditional style of theoretical learning, the teachers fail to kindle interest in education among the students. “It is a pity that they are teaching the same old things, in the same old manner as it was in our childhood,” shares Abhishek Dubey, the founder & CEO of Muskaan Dreams Foundation.

“The education system in these schools are highly impractical. These students, lacking in practical knowledge, fail to secure a minimally decent job after passing out,” he adds with concern in his voice. Driven by the determination to change the scenario, Abhishek Dubey and Rishi Raj, the main pillars of Muskaan Dreams Foundation, have taken up the project to build 100 digital classrooms in 75 government schools in Bhopal, Gwalior and Indore of Madhya Pradesh.

The start of Muskaan

“The idea of doing some good for the society, especially in the field of education, was lurking in my mind since forever. After my college, I finally decided to concretise it and thus the birth of Muskaan Dreams Foundation in 2014,” Dubey shares with Efforts For Good. Their extensive network of volunteers has taught, mentored and benefitted hundreds of children till date.

Dubey, born and brought up in a small village in MP, was well-aware of the dilapidated state of schools in his area. While wondering about ways of infrastructural improvement, he felt that digitisation is the need of the hour. So on the third anniversary of Muskaan in 2017, the team decided to incorporate digital learning facilities in village schools. As their pilot project, they converted a government school in Chinnor village of Gwalior into a digital school propelled by e-content and interactive learning provisions. With assistance from the Ministry of Rural Development, the school underwent an overall transformation with extraordinary success in the days to follow.

Government school in Chinnor village ,Gwalior

Minister of Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar extended his gracious help in painting the schools, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram initiative. Books were replaced by digital media, dust-laden attendance registers replaced by highly accurate apps and practical learning models for ‘Developing Life Skills’ were introduced for children from families with limited means.

Building 100 Digital Classrooms

In June 2018, Muskaan Dreams Foundation kickstarted their project for building 100 digital classrooms. “In about a month’s time, the construction work will be completed. We are aiming to benefit 12000 children and 300 teachers,” informs Dubey.

Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu recently inaugurated Muskaan’s 100 Digital Classrooms project

The question might arise about the efficiency of the teachers in the digital mode of teaching, who are accustomed to books and blackboards. So, Muskaan Dreams Foundation ensures that all the teachers are trained about digital pedagogy as well as proper hardware usage

Lack of subject-based teachers is also another persisting drawback in rural government schools. Muskaan team hopes the digital classrooms will bridge that gap effectively. Their field associates supervise the progress of these programmes in each school.

Fostering a secured future

“The whole world today operates on computer and internet. So we coach our students about basic digital usage like MS Office, net surfing, Gmail, Wikipedia etc so that they get a global exposure,” he shares. The essence is to sharpen their functional skills so that they grow up to be indispensable additions to the skilled workforce of the country.

Muskaan Dreams Foundation also plans to initiate the “Rural Entrepreneurship” programme for children between six to ten years of age to hone their problem-solving outlook. They will be subjected to find innovative solutions to problems existing in their own villages. Mission 2023 of the organisation eyes the digitisation of 1000 classrooms in government schools.

With the whole world undergoing a wave of digital revolution, such an initiative at the grass-root level education was long due. Efforts For Good salutes the spirit of Muskaan Dreams Foundation and wishes them the best for all their upcoming endeavours.

Also Read: Their Peon Often Forgot To Ring The School Bell In Time, So These Village Kids Built A Fully-Automated Bell

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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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