October 13Design for  Change                        2011When I reflect on it, I feel proud of myself for havinggiven so se...
Indus World School                         Planet City, Vill. Mujgahan, Old Dhamtari Road,                                ...
Our Motto –  - To bring in a change in the way they learn; in their surroundings; and giving them a love     of lifelong l...
leveling off the ground was undertaken. A group also took                                     to repair of the chabootara ...
mentors and handed over the material they had prepared to the teachers there and decoratedtheir classrooms with mats and t...
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  1. 1. October 13Design for Change 2011When I reflect on it, I feel proud of myself for havinggiven so selflessly for those kids I barely knew. Feels likesome sort of a “connection” – Pranay Chatterjee (Gr. 7) Planet city, Vill. Mujgahan, Old Dhamtari Road, Raipur - 492001
  2. 2. Indus World School Planet City, Vill. Mujgahan, Old Dhamtari Road, Raipur -492001“..we all come from well to do families ma’am, but what about those who just aren’t so lucky?”argued Rajul, a grade VI student just as we got into the heat of the discussion as to what changethey should finally work on.. “That sensitivity and conviction in the “kid’s” voice moved us mentors”, says ourprincipal.He started it all with a small assembly briefing us about the entire concept of the design forchange, inviting ideas of what was the one thing that we desired to change the most. As muchas we thought it’d be easy, it was a tough call. Before us were 18 ideas, none less than theother; right from cleaning up the city slum, to an anti plastic campaign across the city, to a massplantation scheme. We divided ourselves into 18 groups and worked on our plans and presented them. Thisone was chosen – to bring in a change in the rural Govt. Primary School behind our campus, to adopt it. We had all seen its deplorable condition, so agreed at once. To start off with, a bunch of us went to survey the school. What we saw totally shook us. The children at the school were sitting on broken cemented floor in a dark room, about 75 in each. They were clad in shabby “uniforms”, reciting “pahade”. The blackboard was almost white in colour, the metal doors were broken and rusted. There were open electrical wires dangling here and there. The rumble from the construction that had come to a dead stop, was lying everywhere, metal rods were all around. A beautiful Banyan tree with a damaged chabootara was a sadscene. What was most disturbing was the scene of theirkitchen. There were mice and insects crawling all over, thefood was being prepared in the most unhealthy manner.The children had their lunch and washed their plates just onthe ground making a small pool of dirty water right in frontof their gate. The school has no drains, no toilets. Page 2
  3. 3. Our Motto – - To bring in a change in the way they learn; in their surroundings; and giving them a love of lifelong learning.Our Plan – THE ONE WEEK (10th to 16th Sep 2011) The Design –  Raising funds  Cleaning and Repainting the building, fixing a see-saw and planting trees  Repairing the “chabootara” and the doors;  Making a soak pit near the hand pump  Collecting books for their library, making teaching aids for the teachers  Making notebooks, mats and dustbins for their classes from “kabaad”  Conducting Workshops for those children and their teachers The Change – DAY 1 & 2 - 10th & 11th Sep - The plan was to totally redothe school inside out. And for that we needed money. It wasdecided to raise the funds by doing some road-shows across thecity rather than collecting contributions from parents and staff.The weekend was chosen for programs in the malls. A group ofchildren set out to collect funds, whilst the others started off the clearing job. They worked on leveling the uneven land by rearranging the scattered rumble; rubbing off the algae from the walls. We managed to collect 14,857. A few kids worked out the budget with a mentor to procure material to be used for renovation, andpurchased 30 bags of cement, 1 truck load of stones and sand, paintand some mats, paintbrushes, sandpaper, etc. DAY 3 & 4 - 12th & 13th Sep – The day started with anassimilation of all the books, notebooks, plain papers, toys, etc thatthe kids had collected. Then the entire brigade was diverted to theclearing up the mess at the school building. Scrubbing of the walls and Page 3
  4. 4. leveling off the ground was undertaken. A group also took to repair of the chabootara and the soak-pit for the waste water from the hand pump. Back at school, a story-telling workshop focusing on the knack of telling stories to small children was organized by our mentors and some children for the teachers of the primary school. By now, all our money was over and so a second round of fund collection was organized to raise some extra money. We visited four corporate offices in these two days andcollected `12,850 which were diverted to the purchase of a see saw, a set of parallel bars andother miscellaneous items.Seeing the efforts from the children, contributions in kind (like books, clothes, gravel, plants,black oil paint, etc) also poured in from their parents which we gladlyaccepted. DAY 5 - 14th Sep – Children of grade III - V made numerouscharts for the classrooms and teaching aids like math resources, artand craft kits for the teachers. They also made dustbins for each ofthe classrooms. Painting of the walls was done at the school, andthe chabootara and the soak pit work continued. The digging forthe see saw and the parallel bars also began. Although, there wereheavy rains which washed away the entire effort, the spirit didn’twaver. They waited with full enthusiasm for the next day to dawn. DAY 6 - 15th Sep – A Dance & Music workshop was held for which all their students weretransported to our school campus. Here, they got an experience of appreciating some goodclassical music & dance. Meanwhile, children of grades III & IV mended the books and toys thatwere collected and bound the plain sheets into notebooks. At the village school, the paintingcontinued. The children had to remove all the water that had filled into the pits they had dug. The metal plates of the damaged doors were replaced. DAY 7 - 16th Sep – The kids just managed to finish the painting of the walls and doors. We were running behind schedule, so decided to take two more days to finish the job. DAY 8 - 17th Sep – A truck load of gravel was brought to level up the land, and some potted plants were arranged in the vicinity. The soak pit and the chabootara work were over, but we were not able to arrange for gravel to level up the land due to rains. DAY 9 - 18th Sep – Grade V kids visited the school with their Page 4
  5. 5. mentors and handed over the material they had prepared to the teachers there and decoratedtheir classrooms with mats and the beautiful charts they made and set up their mini library. This change was equally significant for us kids as for those. Yes, of course, doing amason’s jobs and slogging like a laborer was all as exciting as it seemed when we first thoughtabout it! But I think, we’re going back home with a lot more than we had imagined..I now know that there is a bright sunny day after every storm.. That with sheer determination,we can overcome the biggest of hurdles that we face in life.. That we, together, can do justabout anything. Perhaps, now we better know what hard work is.. We better know whateducation actually means.. What it means to give.. Yes, the pleasure of selfless giving. I knowfor sure, that this is just the beginning.. the beginning of a change within me, around me. By G. Akanksha (Grade VII) Edited by Niharika Dudhal (Mentor) Page 5

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