In the month of March, we heard about the The Kids' Sustainable School Challenge being run by the Going to School team. The challenge is the first government-school sustainable enterprise challenge for kids. Students were asked, “How would you change your school, if you could?”, and 10,000 of them responded with their ideas of change.
Via The Better India
“It is the first government-school kids sustainable enterprise challenge. The project gives kids in Class IX government schools in Bihar a chance to research, write, think-through, design, and finally action sustainable-enterprise ideas in their schools,” says Lisa Heydlauff, Founder and Director of Going to School.
The challenge ran directly through the 1,500 government secondary schools that Going to School works in. Every kid that wanted to be a part of the programme received an eight-step Kids B plan notebook to complete. When kids were finished with their plans, they sent them to the Going to School office in Delhi.
101 kids’ plans were selected according to whether the ideas were well-researched, sustainable, green, inclusive, used clean energy, and solved a big problem that would change their school for everyone. These kids then pitched their business ideas at the Pitch It event held on 23rd April, 2017 in Nalanda, Bihar.
Read more about the project here.
50 out of 100 schools have received grants to action the kids' plans. Very excitingly, 50 schools also have a chance to win their own Library Kits from Pratham Books. And for this, Going to School needs your help.
"The stories created by Pratham Books are set in environments that kids are familiar with, cover a range of genres, and are beautifully illustrated, making books all the more fun to read. If our young entrepreneurs have to keep the momentum going, it will become imperative that they read as much as possible, to expand their mind and know that they can achieve anything, take on any problem, and solve them,” says Lisa."21 libraries have already been funded. Any amount donated helps the chools get closer to owning their own library.
Help unlock a library and set little readers on a reading journey by donating a book!