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Low-cost, low/no tech Education Relief Kits that are delivered to children at home during unforeseen extended school closures

Low-cost, low/no tech Education Relief Kits which are delivered along with all the other relief material for low-resource communities.

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 Update:

We have begun the prototyping of the first phase of the education relief kit to have the following

- A card based prompts game made from local materials that can help literacy and learning for children based on their age group

- An invention box that uses prompts to make different toys based on their age group from things lying around at home

- Both these are designed to have access to technology in the future through AR code integration in the cards

What if we considered an education relief package for the kids in such scenarios?

What would that entail? A learning kit, that is delivered to the kids along with the relief material to the parents. A kit that contains a set of books both Hindi/English and in local dialects, a set of puzzles and games to keep the kids engaged, some DIY kits like Lego or Mechanics. Kids in low-resource settings do not have enough access to learning materials outside of the school ecosystem and in times like these when the school ecosystem is at a stand still, these learning materials could play a huge role in keeping these kids engaged.

No boring classroom lessons but peer learning involving games and puzzles. These community sessions once or twice a week can also act as great points for delivering nutrition and disseminating best practices and social distancing practices. 



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

Definitely rote learning. The world needs to move to more activity based learning even in extremely low-resource settings.

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

Moving away from rote learning to a method of learning that is more activity based and engaging has been one of our focus areas for Education. Since we work with communities that are in really low-resource settings, we are always forced to think of ways to do this in terms of it being equitable considering that access and reach of smartphones and the internet is limited

What region are you located in?

  • South-eastern Asia

Where are you located?

We are located in Bangalore, India but a lot of the work that Sauramandala Foundation does is focused towards extremely remote and vulnerable communities situated in states like J&K, Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya

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Great initiative Nagakarthik Mp .. Looking forward to this ideabeing supported and taken forward. Cheers!

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Hi Nagakarthik Mp , really exciting to read through the progress of your idea over the last few weeks.
With the deadline for the Ideas submissions approaching quickly on May 26, It might be helpful to update your submission with additional information such as the progress you have made so far (a link to the feedback from the prototype) and any other information from the comments to ensure that all of your insights are captured for our evaluators.

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Thanks Isaac Jumba . I have updated the idea with what we have been doing. We are also gearing up for a crowd-funding campaign for our first run of prototypes

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Hi Nagakarthik Mp 
Thanks for signing up and sharing your idea with us!

I could relate to your work at Sauramandala Foundation, since I myself have been working with the rural communities of U.P. with my organisation (Community Empowerment Lab). Equitable interventions for communities with no access to smart phones and internet is so important. I'm curious to learn more about how the Education Relief Kit will work with the existing school books and class syllabus? Will the games, puzzles, etc require facilitation by the parent or other caregiver (older sibling or relative)?

Thanks! :)

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Hi Sarah,
Absolutely. We find it extremely important too. We're currently at a very basic concept level but to answer your questions
- we do not want to link it completely to school syllabus but keep it more towards the fundamentals of activity based fun learning and exploration. Though we want to try and add elements of a school/classroom into this (like a teacher action figure or classroom setup) especially for the younger kids to keep the idea of school aspirational after the lockdown
- Some parts of the games and activities might need facilitation by a caregiver or a sibling but the idea is to try and keep the box as universal as possible. That is to say a 5 year old a 10 year old or a parent/caregiver should be able to engage with it in some form.

Currently it's a bunch of us brainstorming on this and we're planning to take it to a crowdfunding campaign, would you like to be a part of the process?

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Hi Nagakarthik Mp - Thanks for sharing!
I would love to be a part of this process...I'm curious to learn more about your journey till now - inspiration, design process, key learnings/takeaways, team members, etc. I totally second Darry Strickland 's suggestion on co-designing this community-centric intervention with our end users - students and parents/caregivers. Are there any other stakeholders you've involved in the design process yet or plan to?

Eagerly looking forward to seeing how your idea grows. Good luck! :)

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Hi Nagakarthik Mp and thanks for sharing your inspiring idea with us. This idea is needed in many places do to the lack of technology. I am curious if there was any consideration at having some students and parents on your design team to give you feedback as you prototype possible Education relief Kit boxes? I look forward to hear your iterations on this rich idea!

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Hi Darry, thanks for your reply.

Yes, we do plan to have a few prototypes and design inputs from some users themselves. Also, we plan to start a crowd funding campaign to get a few out there for children to use and get their feedback to further develop this into a relief kit that could be applicable in many other situations where access to schools and technology might not be possible