100 Libraries in Rural Ladakh

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A detailed presentation on 17000 ft foundation's100 Libraries Program in Ladakh, India.

The Library Program aims to make every child in every government primary school in Ladakh a member of a library and bring in methodologies to ensure that they are reading well. To this end, the goals of the program are:
• Provide support to institutionalize, structure, co-ordinate and organize sustainable library services for every child in all government primary schools in Ladakh
• Provide quality resources (books, computers, innovative learning activities) in these libraries
• Create tools to measure the impact of the program - both process data and child assessment data are collected and analyzed
• To make the results of the program available in the public domain on MapMySchool
• Once the libraries have been established and have been running successfully for some time, hand over the libraries to the Education Department who can sustain the program
• To document the efforts to enable replication in other parts of the state and indeed in other states and countries, wherever there are remote schools

17000 ft sets up libraries with colourful, engaging, age appropriate books, in English and Hindi, largely from domestic publishers. Books are chosen keeping in mind the reading abilities of the children, and emphasis is laid on picture books, locally relevant content and also books which provide exposure to the outside world. 17000 ft libraries consist not only of easy reading and fiction books, but also have reference books, subject exposure books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases etc., to aid the child in his academic curriculum. The libraries will also be equipped with stimulating games and art and craft material to engage the child.
Each library is fitted with a colourful rack designed and fabricated here at our Head Office in Delhi and shipped to Leh. The racks have been designed to fit and be useful only for the purpose that it is intended for, keeping pilferage and misuse to a minimum.
Our Libraries are Active Libraries and are designed to be fun, engaging and interactive places for children to read, imagine and get immersed in. Our Libraries will be kept “Active” by our Facilitators who will conduct periodic reading, story-telling and activity programs in each and every school. They will also manage the library, putting systems in place to monitor and assess our programs. Our Facilitators, local Ladakhi youth themselves, will largely be chosen from these villages and will also have the enviable opportunity of contributing back to their own villages.

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  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • 366 of 369 schools of Leh District, spread over 45,000 sq. km. visited, geo-mapped and surveyed Statistical and pictorial data of each school analyzed and assessed for inclusion into 17000 ft’s programs Each School Principal and VEC apprised of future plans Credible and effective communication network established with the remote schools Beta Version of software tested and in customization phase
  • 366 of 369 schools of Leh District, spread over 45,000 sq. km. visited, geo-mapped and surveyed Statistical and pictorial data of each school analyzed and assessed for inclusion into 17000 ft’s programs Each School Principal and VEC apprised of future plans Credible and effective communication network established with the remote schools Beta Version of software tested and in customization phase
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR “ Listen and not talk” Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • 100 Libraries in Rural Ladakh

    1. 1. Transforming lives inrural Ladakh
    2. 2. LadakhMeans "land of high passes”Renowned for its remote mountain beautyand Buddhist cultureAlso called "Little Tibet", as it has strongly been influenced bythe culture of TibetA majority of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhist, with most of therest being Shia MuslimsThe cheerful and gentle Ladakhis have made the region verypopular with the tourist with their hospitality
    3. 3. Altitude: Over 10000 ftTemperature: -40OC to +30OC, in inhabited areasTourist Influx: 125,000 every yearOnly two roads go into Ladakh, one from Srinagar and the other from Manali andboth are open only 5-6 months of the year for civilian movementCommercial Airlines to Leh (highest commercial airport in the world) are the onlyconnectivity at a very high cost throughout the yearSchools: 963, spread over 60,000 sq.km. across two districts– Leh District: 369 schools in 6 blocks– Kargil District: 594 schools in 7 blocks93% schools are rural and extremely remote and are cut-off for 6 months in a yearExtremely low student strengths and PTRs as low as 6 or 7Ladakh DashboardLadakh Dashboard
    4. 4. Who We Are:We are a Team of Senior Corporate professionals turned SocialEntrepreneurs, with a deep connect to remote LadakhWhat we do:To improve the struggling K-12 Education System in the remotest andtoughest areas of LadakhOur Name & Logo:17000 ft – is the altitude that we crossed on foot, to reach our remotestbeneficiaries. The stacked pebbles are a way of showing a safe path totravelers in the remote areas of Ladakh.17000 ft:Transforming lives in rural Ladakh
    5. 5. The only way to reach Village Lingshed – a 2 day trek overmultiple 17000 ft passes. It has one school, 105 children.
    6. 6. Middle SchoolPhotoksarVillage Photoksar – Situated at the edge of a cliff.Village Photoksar – Situated at the edge of a cliff.About 80 homes, one school, 54 children.About 80 homes, one school, 54 children.
    7. 7. RURAL SCHOOLS : SOMERURAL SCHOOLS : SOMEREALITIESREALITIESLadakh redefines the word ‘Remote’
    8. 8. Durbuk Block – Remote and ignored, one of the many schools we coveredDurbuk Block – Remote and ignored, one of the many schools we covered
    9. 9. Durbuk Block – A remote school in village Mode.Durbuk Block – A remote school in village Mode.Once a middle school, this was downgraded to a primary school owing to the exodusOnce a middle school, this was downgraded to a primary school owing to the exodus
    10. 10. Most Schools have fewer than 25 children across gradesMost Schools have fewer than 25 children across grades
    11. 11. A typical class in session in a remote schoolA typical class in session in a remote school
    12. 12. Lack of classrooms takes education outdoorsLack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    13. 13. o bring quality education to every remote village of Ladakh andgive each of its children the same opportunities of enhancedlearning as his urban counterpartso focus attention on these ignored schools by harnessing theinterests of visiting trekkers and travelers to volunteer at theseremote schoolso connect the various stakeholders of the eco-system, theschools, villagers, the visiting travellers, the administration andother development organizations towards a larger goodOur VisionOur Vision
    14. 14. At 17000 ft, travelling thatextra mile is just a part ofour job!No school too remote, no altitude too highNo school too remote, no altitude too high
    15. 15. apMySchool@17000ftolunteer@17000ftountan Projectibraries@17000ft TeacherTraining@17000ft Workshops@17000ftInfrastructure@17000ft DigiSchool@17000ftOur ProgramsOur Programs
    16. 16. hat is MapMySchool@17000ft ? Our technology solution that connectsall the remote schools of Ladakh, by geo-mapping them and placingthem on an open software platformapMySchool has all the needs and critical data of a school visible on thisplatform and connects with trekkers and adventure travellers who mightwant to help a remote school during their visitapMySchool helps 17000 ft plan its various programs and initiatives andequalize the support across schoolsreates a central platform, allowing for continuous mapping andrecording of ever changing requirementsMapMySchool@17000ftMapMySchool@17000ft
    17. 17. Leh District – 369 schools on Google Earth, all visited by 17000 ftLeh District – 369 schools on Google Earth, all visited by 17000 ft
    18. 18. MapMySchool Home PageMapMySchool Home Page
    19. 19. All 366 schools werebetween 9000 ft to 15000ftOnly 30% schools had astudent strength >20students<30% Teachers havereceived any on-jobTraining1 Student for every 1.5 sq.km100% schools were fullyfunctional at time ofunannounced visits50:50 boys to girls ratioMapMySchool…MapMySchool…some interesting factssome interesting facts
    20. 20. Volunteering your skills, time and resources to benefit aremote community• Rural communities benefit from the contribution, as well as the interactions andexposure• Volunteer Community benefits by being able to contribute something tangibleto a community in need and feel good about the causeUnderstanding the needs and constraints of local schoolsand creating structured opportunities for involvement• Matching skill sets and interests with real needs• For Corporate Employee Groups and IndividualsVolunteer@17000ftVolunteer@17000ftAn opportunity for tourist volunteers to provide exposure to theseremote villages
    21. 21. Library ReadingProgramsScience ExperimentsSubject TeachingArt & CraftWorkshopsSports and Co-curricular CoachingInfrastructureProjectsVolunteer@17000ft…Volunteer@17000ft…a few of the volunteersa few of the volunteers
    22. 22. The Yountan Project is our commitment to the rural schools ofLadakh– A commitment to bringing in opportunities of enhanced learning forevery child in every schoolThe most “mobile” of our projects , it involves physicallytravelling to each and every remote school with whatevermeans possibleCustomized to suit individual school needs, while adhering to17000 ft’s larger frameworkImplemented by 17000 ft’s staff of trained facilitators andcoordinatorsYountan ProjectYountan ProjectYountan:Yountan: EducationEducation in “Bhoti”in “Bhoti”
    23. 23. Libraries@17000ftTeacherTraining@17000ftWorkshops@17000ftInfrastructure@17000ftDigitalClassrooms@17000ftThe Yountan ProjectsThe Yountan Projects
    24. 24. 100 Libraries by May 2013100 Libraries by May 2013Phase 1: 100 Libraries to be setup by May 2013– 30 Libraries already setup in remote villages of Durbuk & Nyoma Block100 remote schools selected from MapMySchool surveySchools selected on the basis of level of preparedness,motivation of teachers, school strength and villagers’enthusiasm100 libraries spread over 6 blocks of Leh District, with about 10– 20 schools per block depending on needLibraries to be managed by trained Library Facilitators on arotational basis
    25. 25. Libraries@17000ftLibraries@17000ft
    26. 26. 17000 ft Schools17000 ft SchoolsExisting “Libraries”Existing “Libraries”Govt. M/S Satho Govt. M/S LagaA Typical Library. Locked, Forgotten, Unused
    27. 27. 17000 ft Schools17000 ft SchoolsWhat we are starting withWhat we are starting withM/S Mode P/S NemgooNo place for furniture, leave alone a library
    28. 28. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesDesigning a RackDesigning a RackRack in productionA finished rack :17000 ft OfficeDisplay, LehSKD, compact with minimum foot print
    29. 29. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesDesigning a RackDesigning a RackM/S Skidmang M/S TarchitRack design for maximum display
    30. 30. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesPlacement of BooksPlacement of BooksM/S Tialing P/S Buk ChushulBooks of different Levelskept at different Heights
    31. 31. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesPlacing the RackPlacing the RackResidential School Puga P/S TialingSetup in the busiest part of School
    32. 32. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesImplementing a Library SystemImplementing a Library SystemLabeling and sorting books Color coding for levelsCreating a structure
    33. 33. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesImplementing a Library Management SystemImplementing a Library Management SystemGROW Chart Library RegisterTracking of reading trends - ASER Tests
    34. 34. School Libraries as Community ImpactSchool Libraries as Community Impact17000 ftVolunteersTeachers17000 ft & DoE DoE VolunteersBeneficiaries
    35. 35. 17000 ft Library SetupLiaison with ZEOLibrary ManagementCatalogingRecord KeepingActivities CalendarPerformance MetricsASER II BaselineTeacher TrainingReading ProgramMonthly Visits by 17000 ft forAssessmentsStock Taking Library UpgradeLibrary performance Data CollationASER IIShare with DoEShare with PrathamReading ProgramsTrain TeachersFeedbackPhonics EnglishData CollationAssessmentsTeacher TrainingVoluntourist Visits WorkshopsArt & CraftScience ExperimentsReading ProgramsSelection of SchoolsSurvey of all SchoolsReview, Analysisand Next StepsReview, Analysisand Next StepsFlow of Activities in each LibraryFlow of Activities in each Library
    36. 36. Exit Plan: 2012- 2016Exit Plan: 2012- 2016Response Based GridResponse Based Grid
    37. 37. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesActivities around the libraryActivities around the libraryReading Programs Teacher TrainingIntroducing Books
    38. 38. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesActivities around the libraryActivities around the libraryStory telling through dance,music.. ..and actionInteractive Reading Spaces
    39. 39. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesActivities around the libraryActivities around the libraryArt & CraftsOutside the books
    40. 40. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesActivities around the libraryActivities around the libraryLEGO – Creative ExpressionsImagination and Creativity given wings by books and games
    41. 41. 17000 ft Libraries17000 ft LibrariesActivities around the libraryActivities around the libraryStory Telling to Villagers Reading clubs by village youthCommunity Involvement
    42. 42. 17000 ft is committed to setting up much needed Active Libraries in eachremote school of LadakhDesigned as colourful, live, interactive spaces for learning and sharing, eachlibrary have– Colourful racks and easy access for books– Easy reading Books in Hindi & English, by Indian publishers for 5 to 13 year olds.– Simple educational games and puzzles for challenging young mindsActive Libraries will be managed by 17000 ft trained Library Facilitatorsthrough a hub/spoke model– Librarians to conduct periodic reading and activity programs and facilitate book exchangesbetween schools– Maintain records and assess reading levels and monitor performance of each schoolLibraries@17000ftLibraries@17000ftPromoting the joy of books and love of reading
    43. 43. Targets for this yearTargets for this yearapping of all schools of Leh District– Complete mapping of 369 Schools– Start Mapping of Kargil District Schools and complete Zanskar00 Libraries across Leh District– To be Implemented by July 2013– 45 Libraries in Durbuk, Nubra and Nyoma Block established– Structured Library Programs to be in place for 50% of the above schoolseacher Training Programs in 25 schools– Exceeded: 350 Teachers to be trained on Library Management in Jan 2013
    44. 44. Targets for this yearTargets for this yearA major triumph for 17000 ftGetting folk stories OUT of Ladakh – a benefit of thenewly evolved library culture20 Hindi and English books to be translated in BodhiTen new Ladakhi stories to be published in Bodhi,English and Hindi by Pratham Books
    45. 45. Layer 2Layer 2Yountan @17000ftYountan @17000ftLayer 2Layer 2Yountan @17000ftYountan @17000ftLayer 3Layer 317000ft School17000ft SchoolLayer 3Layer 317000ft School17000ft SchoolLayer 1Layer 1MapMySchool @17000ftMapMySchool @17000ftLayer 1Layer 1MapMySchool @17000ftMapMySchool @17000ftPerforming Layer 2Schools Move to Layer 3Performing Layer 1Schools Move to Layer 2Targets for 2017Targets for 2017
    46. 46. Our immediate needsOur immediate needsunds:– Projects, Field Staff, Infrastructureaterials:– Books- In sets of 100 (minimum)– Art Materials, educational materials, Project based materials, etcnowledge Sharing– We offer all our information on an Open Platform– We seek organizations and individuals to share their special skills and
    47. 47. ratham Education Foundation – As their J&K implementation partnersfor Pratham’s National Projects in that region, 17000 ft also collaborateswith Pratham in knowledge, resources and learning for their programskshara Foundation, Bangalore – Our technology and knowledge partnerfor the implementation of our Library Programsepartment of Education, LAHDC, Leh (Ladakh Autonomous HillDevelopment Council) – An understanding to implement 17000 ftprojects in all the remote Government Schools of LadakhIET (District Institute of Education and Training)- 17000 ft is the officialTraining Partner of DIET, LAHDC, to impart Teacher Training to all itsTeachers and Principals for “Library Management Systems” and “PhonicEnglish Pedagogy”Partnerships & CollaborationsPartnerships & Collaborations
    48. 48. ujata Sahu – Founder Director– Senior Corporate IT Professional, and an educator and facilitator, she holds the Educationand Technology Portfolio @17000ftandeep Sahu – Founder Director– A Senior Advertising and BTL professional with extensive knowledge of Ladakh – he headsStrategy and Planning @17000ftawa Jora – Director– Heads Operations & Logistics at our Ladakh Officearuna Singh – Head Corporate Communications– Senior Corporate Communications professional, she heads Communications and Marketing@17000ftNalina Suresh - AdvisorOur TeamOur Team
    49. 49. www.17000ft.org

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