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Thanks for all the amazing concept so far. We know you've all been working hard, so to be fair to everyone, we've added two rounds of evaluation. In this round please refresh your memory of the brief and applaud for the concepts that you feel most successfully meet the needs of Affordable Private Schools in extremely affordable ways!

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The rhythms & rituals of life in southern India are set by the monsoon.  This schoolhouse, made of a shipping container and a bamboo "track system", allows for screens to be secured during poor weather, and opened wide during beautiful days.  I borrowed on Meena's beautiful mural / blackboard idea for the outside of the screens... providing an outdoor learning space.  The inside of the screens can be used for projection.  I was inspired by a Paul Rudolph house with a similar concept (metal track system) but wanted to incorporate low cost, indigenous materials.  I think it's important that children have space that inspire them for learning... spaces that feel open and playful, where they are free to move about and be physical while learning.

The rhythms & rituals of life in southern India are set by the monsoon. This schoolhouse, made of a shipping container and a bamboo "track system", allows for screens to be secured during poor weather, and opened wide during beautiful days. I borrowed on Meena's beautiful mural / blackboard idea for the outside of the screens... providing an outdoor learning space. The inside of the screens can be used for projection. I was inspired by a Paul Rudolph house with a similar concept (metal track system) but wanted to incorporate low cost, indigenous materials. I think it's important that children have space that inspire them for learning... spaces that feel open and playful, where they are free to move about and be physical while learning.

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Tap into a neighborhood or town's community to collect local knowledge and shape into a distributable form. Previously unrecorded experiences contained within that community can in this way extend their reach, and can inspire new didactic material.

Tap into a neighborhood or town's community to collect local knowledge and shape into a distributable form. Previously unrecorded experiences contained within that community can in this way extend their reach, and can inspire new didactic material.

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If you've listened to public radio in the US, you may know of StoryCorps. StoryCorps is an organization that records interviews of friends and family, providing people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. It's a fascinating project, and benefits not only the people involved in the interviews, but the listener as well.

This concept will enable Indian students to record interviews of their families and friends, and help them learn English along the way, as well as record their fast-changing culture for posterity.

If you've listened to public radio in the US, you may know of StoryCorps. StoryCorps is an organization that records interviews of friends and family, providing people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. It's a fascinating project, and benefits not only the people involved in the interviews, but the listener as well. This concept will enable Indian students to record interviews of their families and friends, and help them learn English along the way, as well as record their fast-changing culture for posterity.

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Create a community board of tradespeople that already have the real-world tools and processes to teach kids about science, math, and other subjects. Take subjects out of the classroom for activities that would be costly if conducted within schools -- science, for example, could find a new home with a baker, a dry cleaner, or even a housekeeper. This would educate kids and engage community members and give them a stake in the school.

Create a community board of tradespeople that already have the real-world tools and processes to teach kids about science, math, and other subjects. Take subjects out of the classroom for activities that would be costly if conducted within schools -- science, for example, could find a new home with a baker, a dry cleaner, or even a housekeeper. This would educate kids and engage community members and give them a stake in the school.

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The biggest problem in developing countries facing the mass adoption of education is the cost of education, and the time it takes away from earning thier survival. The "Earn while you Learn" concept actually pays particpants for learning or participating in a school program.

The biggest problem in developing countries facing the mass adoption of education is the cost of education, and the time it takes away from earning thier survival. The "Earn while you Learn" concept actually pays particpants for learning or participating in a school program.

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Adopt a student from a developing nation (similar to a pen pal) and send them a 15-minute once-a-week podcast on whatever you feel might be most helpful for their personal growth or relevant subject matter.

Adopt a student from a developing nation (similar to a pen pal) and send them a 15-minute once-a-week podcast on whatever you feel might be most helpful for their personal growth or relevant subject matter.

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Some parts of the Indian community abroad are very affluent. These people could be interested in donating funds to schools back in their hometowns. Their reservations in the past most likely have to do with trust, efficacy, and family politics. This concept provides wealthy expats the ability to donate a set package of items to vetted schools in a streamlined process. In return donors can receive local recognition in India, as well as a direct connection with the schools and students that they are helping.
(Pictures below are from Obama's first state dinner hosting the Indian Prime Minister .... and the Salahi's of course)

Some parts of the Indian community abroad are very affluent. These people could be interested in donating funds to schools back in their hometowns. Their reservations in the past most likely have to do with trust, efficacy, and family politics. This concept provides wealthy expats the ability to donate a set package of items to vetted schools in a streamlined process. In return donors can receive local recognition in India, as well as a direct connection with the schools and students that they are helping. (Pictures below are from Obama's first state dinner hosting the Indian Prime Minister .... and the Salahi's of course)

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Web site and infrastructure for Indian school children to create and sell things online to raise funds for their school. Run in a similar way to the Girl Scouts cookie fundraiser, with the exception that the students can also create whatever it is that they are selling. All selling is done online.

Web site and infrastructure for Indian school children to create and sell things online to raise funds for their school. Run in a similar way to the Girl Scouts cookie fundraiser, with the exception that the students can also create whatever it is that they are selling. All selling is done online.

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Develop an infrastructure that moves school supply donations into India via travelers visiting the country. Many visitors do not use their entire luggage allotment, or they have extra space in their luggage that could be used to transport donations cheaply into India. These donations could be dropped of at an airport kiosk that collects the donations from abroad and distributes them to local schools.

This is a very incremental approach, however low-cost distribution is a big concern and my guess is that  lots of ex-pats and business people would like to give back to India. This can be a very easy way for first-world travelers to participate.

Develop an infrastructure that moves school supply donations into India via travelers visiting the country. Many visitors do not use their entire luggage allotment, or they have extra space in their luggage that could be used to transport donations cheaply into India. These donations could be dropped of at an airport kiosk that collects the donations from abroad and distributes them to local schools. This is a very incremental approach, however low-cost distribution is a big concern and my guess is that lots of ex-pats and business people would like to give back to India. This can be a very easy way for first-world travelers to participate.

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A donation program where when you buy a book, the same book gets donated to a developing world school. You get a book and by paying extra, you get to make a difference.

A donation program where when you buy a book, the same book gets donated to a developing world school. You get a book and by paying extra, you get to make a difference.

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                                                                         The idea of shared resources and experiences stems from the thought that education is not just about literacy or academic learning but also about developing critical thinking, behavioral, interactive skills and instilling a sense of belonging to the community. The children studying in the affordable private schools have limited or no access to the activities which engage in developing these skills. They also have very limited interaction with their more privileged counterparts. To bring about this interaction and to ensure that the APS children have access to resources other than academic learning, the project “SHARED RESOURCES and EXPERIENCES” is proposed.

The idea of shared resources and experiences stems from the thought that education is not just about literacy or academic learning but also about developing critical thinking, behavioral, interactive skills and instilling a sense of belonging to the community. The children studying in the affordable private schools have limited or no access to the activities which engage in developing these skills. They also have very limited interaction with their more privileged counterparts. To bring about this interaction and to ensure that the APS children have access to resources other than academic learning, the project “SHARED RESOURCES and EXPERIENCES” is proposed.

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A shortwave radio station dedicated to learning - different timeslots are dedicated to different grades. With songs, lessons, stories that kids can learn from in remote locations.

A shortwave radio station dedicated to learning - different timeslots are dedicated to different grades. With songs, lessons, stories that kids can learn from in remote locations.

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