‘ Helping Hands ’
Increasing awareness of the value of education
OUR STORY OF CHANGE FROM
USHODAYA HIGH SCHOOL, HYDER GUDA
‘X’ ATTAPUR, HYDERABAD.
SHEETAL, ABHISHARA, AKSHARA, RAMU,
MENTOR TEACHER : YASMINE MCMORRIN
Step 1: FEEL
Once presented with
the idea of Design for
Change, we, the
students of class 8
thought about some of
the issues facing India
and its citizens that we
Value of Education
We decided to address
the problem of a lack
education by parents
and the community.
Why the value of education?
We wanted to begin the
community dialogue on value of
education and its importance
that every child be given the
opportunity to learn regardless
of socioeconomic status.
We hope that if parents in our
communities were aware of the
values of education, they would
be more likely to invest in their
children’s education, than use
money for alcohol and tobacco.
We also wanted to discourage
child labor, by emphasizing the
potential gains education can
bring to a child.
Step 2: IMAGINE
We brainstormed ideas
with our mentor teacher on
how we could promote the
value of education to our
communities. Many ideas
came out such as:
After school tutoring for
students in our neighbor
not attending school.
Raising awareness in our
communities by going door
Putting on a skit for our
Why a Skit?
We wanted to become ‘helping hands’ in our
community by reaching a large audience at one time
to stimulate awareness of the value of education.
We decided to present our skit to the Ushodaya High
School classes 1-8. After our fellow students see our
skit they would to go out to their personal
Now we have hundreds of children (instead of only
students in class 8) creating dialogue, and generating
community awareness about the value of education.
Step 3: DO
began to compile ideas
for a storyline that
convey the importance
of education for all
people (rich, poor,
boys & girls.)
Summary of Storyline
There are two families, one rich and the other poor. The
rich family’s son goes to school daily. The poor family’s 3
children work in the fields.
A teacher from the city comes to the community to set up
night school for students not attending school in the
Teacher has to convince the parents to send all their
children to school as they do not see the value of sending
their girl children to school.
In the end the poor family’s children help the family not be
swindled by corrupt moneylenders, due to the lessons
they learned at school. (The moneylenders have a
business relationship with the rich family).
Step 4: SHARE
Pictures from our ‘Helping Hands’ Skit
How we were ‘Changed’
We thought we were going to only advocate for
education awareness in our communities to create
positive change. However, in the process of working
together, brainstorming, and coming up with a
solution we were ‘changed’.
We learned that no matter how large any problem is
we have the power to act and be a part of a solution.
We realize that it’s up to us to be the change we want
to see in the world!