Friday, July 31, 2009

'Design for Giving' School Contest

The Design for Giving contest is part of the Joy of Giving week which is being held from 27th September, 2009 to 3rd October, 2009. The purpose of the Joy of Giving week is to inspire people from all walks of life to give. But give what?

From their website
Give anything - from smiles, to books, to time, to hope ..

Through the ‘Design for Giving’ contest we aim to reach out to over 30,000 schools and have over 100,000 children take part in this contest.

It will be our children’s bold, fresh ideas that will be documented and showcased to demonstrate that our children can ‘design’ solutions for India’s greatest challenges!


1) Share the idea of the contest with the age group (10 to 13 years).
2) Select a mentor teacher and form teams (not more than 5 students per team)
3) Get each team to follow the simple 4 step process (FEEL, IMAGINE, DO, SHARE)
Find out how your school can participate here. And don't forget... there are prizes to be won too!

Via The Morung Express
To be held from September 27 to October 3, the Week is the first of its kind in India and an ambitious social movement that aims to engage two crore Indians to give.

So does that mean people aren’t giving enough? On the contrary, says Kiran Bir Sethi, Founder/Director of The Riverside School, in conversation with The Morung Express, “We have a great tradition of giving. And the whole idea of the contest was to bring it as a festival – a celebration!”

With enthusiastic response pouring in from “over 30,000 schools participating from 11 states”, the contest has now been made more flexible in terms of the age of students, but on one condition: “Do not let the teachers drive the project; let them just guide it.”
Read the entire article here.

Pratham Books is also participating in this project. We will publish selected stories of change into a series of books that will be translated into 7 languages. We can't wait to see what the kids at the schools are going to come up with. Watch this space for more details.

Image Source : Pratham Books

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