All posts tagged: education


Teach for India : Raising an Army of Superstar Teachers

Teach for India is tackling the program of education in India by using a model that has worked very successfully in the US. They are calling on India’s brightest to teach for two years in under-resourced schools so that the children in these schools too can benefit from excellent teachers and education just like their counterparts in well to do private schools.

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More than Me Hits its Fundraising Target with 60 Investors on

More Than Me, a Liberia based social venture is the first to meet its fundraising target on – 60 people have pooled in varied amounts from as little as $5 to fund More Than Me’s new social venture. Their ask was compelling – We’re starting a company, More Than Me, to manufacture and design laptop cases (made by local Liberian women), initially to be sold at college campus stores. We’ll use profits from sales to fund the education of girls. 50% of the kids in Liberia, West Africa are not in school — and more than half of them are girls. Without education, these girls have limited future opportunities and social mobility, thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty. More than Me’s target was to raise US$3000 and they have ended up raising a little bit more than the goal in just 30 days from 60 people. Katie Meyler, Founder of More than Me was thrilled to have her venture financed this quickly – Boom!!! We did it — or, more like, you did it! …


MumbaiSmiles : A Fresh Approach to Addressing Urban Poverty

Mumbai Smiles is a non-profit organization based out of India, Spain and Mexico, focused on providing quality education, health services and livelihood opportunities for families living in the slums of Mumbai. The non-profit was born in 2005 when Spanish journalist and writer Jaume Sanllorente was on a holiday to Mumbai, India. His experience with the under-privileged inspired him to quit his job as a journalist, go back to university, and kick start Mumbai Smiles, in order to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers in the city of Mumbai. Why Mumbai Smiles are Unique Mumbai Smiles operates out of several of Mumbai’s lesser known slums in the suburb of Andheri. All their current efforts are focused around developing these few communities, so that children, as well as adults are benefited. In all activities, the community always provides input and feedback. This ensures that programs are successful at meeting the needs of the community. For example, the children of slum dwellers attend state of the art pre-schools. The teachers at these pre-schools are from the same …


Khan Academy : Learn for Free at Bill Gates Favorite School

Khan Academy, a one man US based nonprofit has transformed the way knowledge is imparted and has brought education outside the realm of schools and colleges, making it free and easy for everyone to learn as long as you have an Internet connection. With an exhaustive collection of over 2000 video tutorials on youtube and with over 35 million lessons delivered, Khan Academy has become the world’s leading and most popular educational website with Bill Gates as one of its most ardent followers. Bill Gates uses Khan Academy videos to teach his children Math and Science. Khan Academy offers tutorials on wide range of topics from Mathematics, Economics, Chemistry, History, Biology and even prep material for GMAT, SAT, IIT JEE, introducing wide variety of concepts under each topic in an extremely easy to understand manner. Salman Khan the founder produces short videos, 10-20mins long and uses a black screen on the computer and a pad pen to explain complex concepts step by step through use of doodles and graphics. Khan Academy’s teaching methodology and the …


Santa Prevents Low-Income Kids from Dropping Out of School

This Christmas Eve, we were invited to Harkadas Primary School, a Government run school located in Pune’s oldest slum. This school, is one of many schools operated by the Pune Municipal Corporation. It attracts children from neighboring slums as fees are nominal, and kids are provided a free mid-day meal at lunch time. India’s current Education Crisis Most (if not all) municipal schools in India, that are funded by local civic bodies, lack basic infrastructure (fans, lights, desks and clean toilets). Besides this, they also lack the ability to attract good teachers. As a result, municipal schools struggle to offer quality education to children from low-income families.They struggle even more to retain children in school. The reasons are several: Children cannot relate life in the slums, to what is being taught – For example, although kids are taught English, they have no opportunity to speak the language, and cannot read or write in English. Moreover, children and their parents do not see education as being critical towards helping them overcome poverty and providing them access …


Bags for Bliss : Creating Literacy and Livelihood in Pakistan

Many adolescent girls in South Asia are forced to choose work over school to support their families that live below the poverty line. This means, at the age of 10 or 12, they drop out of school to work. Since they cant get an education, they are forced to continue working throughout their lives as laborers, making just enough money to survive. BLISS (Business and Life Skills School) is a social enterprise based out of Pakistan and the USA and offers business, vocational and literacy classes, providing participants with training to launch their own micro-enterprises. The profits of this social enterprise fund education and provide savings for the community, breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. BLISS works with adolescent girls, children of Afghan refugees who have crossed over the border into Pakistan. There are over 30,000 Afghan laborers in Attock, Pakistan and over a million in total throughout the country. Bringing Girls to School The refugee girls currently earn $1 to $1.5 per day while working 14 hours per day weaving carpets. In order …


Football Prevents Child Marriages and Drug Abuse

This is the story of a football club, where the only criteria to join is compulsory attendance to classes in basic English, Math and Hindi. How kids drop out of school to marry young Ashok Rathore was born to a family of fishermen in Mumbai. He went to a Government school along with his friends. Students in these school easily make it to Grade 4 without having to study. There was no real pressure to study or to pass exams. In grade 5, the kids are introduced to English which they are expected to pass, since they are not habituated to studying, most kids drop out at grade 5 in order to work on the street. Selling fish on the street was quick money for most of Ashok’s class mates. Half the money they made, contributed to household expenses while the rest was spent on alcohol, gambling or substance abuse. The parents did not mind the extra money, and encouraged these kids to work. However, when things got out of control, the parents in an …

Learn Punjabi. Support a Cause via iPhone!

If you own an iPhone, you can now practice your Punjabi on-the-go with Ravi Foundation’s iPhone App. What’s even better, is that 100% of all proceeds from the App go towards supporting children’s education! Technology built for a cause PunjabiKosh is a mobile Punjabi-English and English-Punjabi dictionary. The authors claim that it is also the first ever Punjabi-English Dictionary for the iPhone/iPod touch platforms. The App is available for download from within the iTunes AppStore for $6.99. All proceeds from PunjabiKosh go towards supporting education for underprivileged children. While the app seems to be targeted towards an expat Punjabi population outside India and Pakistan, it looks easy enough for anyone to use on their travels through Punjab. The app can be used to translate words and phrases to English, reverse search from English to Punjabi, and (per the authors) to find out the meaning of Punjabi songs! About Ravi Foundation Launched in April 2010, the Ravi foundation is an attempt by its 3 student authors, Sahej Suri, Kulpreet Chilana, and Gurbani Suri to give back …