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LAST - learn and story tell

Creating a repository of concepts in the form of comic books and distributing it through ration centres.

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Tell us about your idea

Our idea is to create a comic book repository in different languages to learn concepts. We got this idea after speaking to the stakeholders (educators) from rural India. The children whom they were earlier teaching have gone back to their homes and due to COVID, they have restrictions to move within the village. Thus, with limited or no access to internet or cell phones, children from these villages have no means to learn. The educator also told us that ration shops (Gov run grocery shop) is still accessible to all people. 

Hence, we ideated that there are children from different ages in the same village. They can create comic books which teaches concepts to younger children and leave it in these ration shops. The teacher verifies then the content of the comic book and leaves his/her remark. The comic book can be picked by any child who would like to read stories. 

This way, we bring in the habit of reading books, we bring in the habit of learning and we make it fun. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Learning everything by heart. The method of rote learning has not only killed creativity amongst students, it has not been useful when it comes to real world problem solving. Mark system is another thing that we wish to leave behind. Marks based on knowledge and information has again failed us in understanding the real world. Grade 10 and Grade 12 exams are public exams in India and hold heavy weightage. But due to Covid, the exams have been postponing leaving all the test takers to heavy uncertainty and anxiety.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

We are a group of students from different parts of India. We came together as a team in a hackathon and developed this idea. The inspiration behind this idea is Sameer Bhaiya, who is an educator from Odhisa and Gopal Bhaiya, who is an educator from rural Gujarat. All through our journey of problem solving, he helped us connect back to the communities for whom we were solving. 

Our mentors in this project were Anna Maria George, Deepika, Prabhu and Lomash 

What region are you located in?

  • Southern Asia

Where are you located?

We are located in different parts of India and different demographics. Some of us in the team come from cities while others come from urban slums.


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Photo of Dawn M

This is such a wonderful idea. A way for students to both show their knowledge and share their knowledge with others!

Photo of Sowmya Lakshminarayanan

@Dawn M Thank you for your feedback.