About the campaign
Kids in the Government Schools learn better through Innovative and creative teaching methods. Coming from challenging backgrounds, they are often made to do household work and other domestic work wherein they have to miss the schools to assist their parents in domestic work so as to earn a living and hence to survive. A story is shared here to give you an insight into their lives.
Let’s learn why this need to start the campaign has arose?
Understanding the Community and Child Perspective
Scenario: Urban slum located at Gotalavadi, Surat.
Demography: Gujarati (80%), Kathiyawadi (20%) and Migrants.
Major Occupation: Labor Jobs (Diamond Industry, Textile Industry, 10% involved in Business or employed with Municipal Corporation).
Working Class includes both Men and Women (Parents of children studying in Primary Government Schools) who work for almost majority of the day till late 11 in the night.
Also, the involvement of kids within their local businesses and other household work poses a serious threat to their life, daily.
Average Income/ family: Rs. 10K-26K p.a.
Problem Identification: Dropouts (primarily among girls) before & after Primary Schooling, Absenteeism, Low levels of learning outcome, Sensitization among Parents for Education is a major setback.
Solution: Rangeen Kagaz; an initiative under Yes! I Am Happy aimed at Imparting Creative Education to the kids in the primary section (from grade 3 through 8) which inculcates in them a sense of interest by hands on learning experience through one of the learning tools, i.e. Origami (the art of paper folding).
The joy a kid gets when he makes an object out of folding paper inculcates in him a sense of ownership and embraces his mathematical knowledge and other non-cognitive skills, manifold.
From the Perspective of a child: Story of Mohini, Age 7, Class 3
Coming from a community in the Gotalavadi, Katargam Area, Mohini has a keen interest in her studies. Having asked that “what you do in the morning before coming to the Afternoon Government School of her community”, her answer left me stunned!
She replied (with a bright smile), “I help my mother by assisting her in cutting the threads of the sari as a part of finishing. I can manage to finish 3 saris, earlier I could manage only 1 but my skills are better now. I also like to sing baalgeet while I help her. I want to be a good teacher in future”
She is an avid learner and never misses on any learning opportunity, loves to read and write on the black board. Origami is what she loves the most.
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. It literally translates as ori (folding) gami (paper). Research has shown that paper-folding, particularly in the elementary school years, is a unique and valuable addition to the curriculum. Origami is not only fun, but it is also a valuable method for developing vital skills.
Educational Benefits of Origami
- Behavioral Skills
- Cooperative Learning
- A Link to Math
- Cognitive Development
- Multi-cultural Awareness
- Community Building
Origami is an example of “schematic learning through repeatable actions”. To be successful, the student must watch closely and listen carefully to specific instructions and then carry them out with neatness and accuracy. Here is a case where a student’s success is imposed by the activity rather than the teacher. Like group singing, hand games, and dancing, the pleasure comes in recreating the result and sharing it with others. For many students, it engenders a patience that leads pride in one’s work, the ability to focus energy, and increased self-esteem.
And likewise others.
Funds & Appeal (We are raising funds on Milaap)
With a research of over 3 months aided by teachers, HM, Mentors involving over 500+ students from 3 different communities I have learned that through story-telling, the students learn better.
One such technique is
Storytelling + Origami = Storigami Mathematics.
This technique is very effective in helping kids learn better and new concepts manifold.
I wish to provide the kids with a self-designed Origami Kit (1 KIT = Rs. 30) which includes:
1. A pack of 20 origami sheets (1 Pack = Rs. 10)
2. 1 Origami (self-learning) craft booklet (1 Booklet = Rs. 10)
3. 1 sticky-tape and 1 craft-scissors (Collectively Rs. 10)
So far I am intervening in 3 Schools with strength of over 1600+ students from classes 1 till 8. My focus for the Storigami workshop would be on students from classes 3, 5 & 7 of the three schools and kids from the community, in the first phase, I wish to target 1000 students, accounting to a total of (1000 x 30 (Cost of 1 Kit) = 30000) ) And Rs. 2000 for extra kits and packaging. For I wish to distribute kits to the teachers from respective classes.