Creating a repository of concepts in the form of comic books and distributing it through ration centres.
Tell us about your idea
Our team members - Sahil (13), Manesh (13 years), Priyadarshini (13), Agasthya (13), Akshara (13) Kaveri (14 years), Hanan Qadir (17 years), Ruthvik (16 years), Sandhya (17 years), Suraj (15 years),
We spoke to stakeholders, who were essentially educators from rural parts of Odhisa, Gujarat and Rajasthan (States in India). After we carefully listened to the stakeholders, we synthesised our key insights.
From the insights we had gathered from the stakeholders, we defined our problem statement to work further.
We ideated and realised from our insights that children in rural India have limited to no access to internet. But what they have access to is their own text books. So we thought, what if children can make story/comic books out of the concepts they had learnt. To strengthen the idea further, we communicated our idea to the stakeholders that we had spoken to. Based on their suggestions, we iterated our concept and landed on a method that older children in the village can use to create comic books.
Here are few examples of the comic book prototype. These prototypes are in english, but we envision our final products will be created by children in their villages in their own mother tongue.
We have created our first set of prototypes. Our next steps would be engage with teachers and other children and understand their feedback. We will incorporate this feedback into our comic books and make a comic book prep template (which will contain information on how to create comic books, what to consider, how to detail the concepts, how to visually articulate the ideas). This template will be distributed to children in rural areas.
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.
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