Akanksha School Project


Found this pretty interesting video on Facebook earlier today by the Akanksha School Project. (Thanks Hari Prashanth)

The mission of The School Project is to create a model for high-performing schools that redefines what is possible for children from low-income communities, and has the potential to drive wider systemic reform.

In India today, 96% of primary school-age children are enrolled in school. The quality of learning indicators, however, is of persistently low levels – with low standards of education, up to 25% absenteeism amongst government school teachers, a 50% drop out rate between grade 1 and grade 5, and 90% dropout by grade 10.

In 2006, Anu Aga, an Akanksha board member, approached the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to adopt a municipal school through the Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation (TSIF). The seeds of The School Project were sown with the opening of this first school in June 2007.

To tackle the issue of shortage of Teachers, they came up with a pretty interesting project. Watch the video below to see what they did.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwIzJfgzs9Y]

It’s good to know that the message and idea of the school spread further through the power of Social Media. This is a great example of an NGO tapping the power of Social Media to spread their message and seek volunteers. Most organizations and even businesses today here in Malaysia take Social Media very lightly. Perhaps on another day, I will blog about how SMEs can take advantage by having a good foundation on the web.

Kugan Kumar

V.Kugantharan is the founder of Joy With Music, where he teaches adults and kids the joys of playing the piano. He also runs a web design agency, 504 Studios. A father of a very "opinionated" four-year-old, he divides his time between his passions -- blogging, reading, music, design and books.

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