HAPPY HORIZONS TRUST
Registered under the India Trust Act, 1882
Regn No. : BK IV BNG-BMH 739 2012-2013
C 104, Uma Maheshwari Dream World Apartments,
Kudlu Gate Junction, Hosur Road,
C1/74, Mangal Apartments, Vasundhara Enclave,
Sharma Chowk, Simri Bakhtiarpur,
Saharsa 852127, Bihar
Kshitiz Anand, Managing Trustee
Mobile : +91 95352 06828 , Landline: 011 4280 1465
The fact is that given the challenges we face,
education doesn’t need to be reformed --
it needs to be transformed. The key to this
transformation is not to standardize education,
but to personalize it, to build achievement on
discovering the individual talents of each child,
to put students in an environment where they
want to learn and where they can naturally
discover their true passions.
- Sir Ken Robinson,
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Using the power of design thinking, storytelling
and community based learning to create solutions
that emphasise on education as a tool for
development of societies and the individual.
1. The Bihar Education Crisis
2. Managing Trustee’s Message
3. Core Team Members
6. PickMe, ClickMe, EducateMe!
7. Rukmini Devi Scholarship
7. Digital Literacy and Internet Awareness Course
8. Career Awareness Seminars
10. Champion’s Training
11. Media Coverage
13. Auditor’s Report
14. Balance Sheet
15. Income and Expenditure Report
16. Receipt and Payment Account
17. What Lies Ahead
Findings from the ASER 2014 report
Considerable decline in the reading levels in schools across India.
The gap in reading levels between children enrolled in government
schools and private schools seems to be growing over time.
Nationally, only 50% class 5 students can read class 2 text,
and have a poor mathematical ability. This is a serious concern.
In 2014, Bihar (Rural), only 39.8% Children in Std III could
read at least words. This was 70.8% in 2010.
In 2014, Bihar (Rural), only 44.6% children from Std V could read
Std II level text. This was 57.9% in 2010.
THE BIHAR EDUCATION CRISIS
Data and reference
ASER 2014 report, accessed from the following URL:
MANAGING TRUSTEES MESSAGE
The past year has been amazing for us! From expanding
our work to different schools to increasing the number of
champions, the work has been stimulating. We have
expanded our core team and operations team and are
glad that efforts are showing results on ground as well.
The passion and connect towards the cause keeps us
going. We truly believe that getting quality education is
a basic right and that what is delivered in many schools
across the country is not quality.
Come join us in our mission!
Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use
to change the world, said Nelson Mandela. At the Trust,
we have been trying to put this to practice. The challenge
that we also face is to change people’s mindset, when
asked to adopt something new. It is our firm belief that
a lot of the problems in the society today can be solved
when people have good education. Education does not
stop only at the academics, but also at the lifeskills level
and other skills development.
As we move into a new year, we are joined in by a larger
team now than what we started with. It is highly motivat-
ing for us, that many others also believe in the cause that
we are working on.
Thank you all for your support.
Education in India is in a state that needs our utmost attention. We stand on a
crisis that needs to be addressed soon. We pride ourselves on having a huge
youth population and it is said that in the next few years, we will have the highest
number of youth around the world. The other harsh reality is that a lot of these
youth are unskilled and do not have the necessary skills to take up jobs. The
problem when analysed can be traced back to the Education System. There
are certain corrective measures that are being taken today for the youth, but we
know that it is not going to be enough.
Happy Horizons Trust is a registered non-profit organisation founded with the
vision to improve the quality of education in schools across India. It has been in
operations since early 2012, and was formally registered as a Trust on 30 March
2013. Our work area has primarily been the state of Bihar, and we look towards
expanding to other parts of the country in the days to come.
What differentiates us is the approach towards this problem space. The domain
of education offers a lot of challenges to work in. There is the role of the gov-
ernment, the individuals being impacted and the beneficiaries that come from
different social strata. A key aspect of our work is to work on a systemic level
intervention through different programs. There are multiple projects that have
come about by spending considerable time in understanding the social fabric,
the rules of the society and what would work and what would not.
Coming from a background in Design and using the principles of Design Think-
ing, community driven solutions, we aim to improve the quality of education,
primarily in but not limited to government schools.
Our motto is education for development. This can be applied in improving the
quality of life, social status, mindsets, careers and opportunities, skills develop-
ment, leadership, women empowerment and health care.
What drives us is a strong belief that education is the key to a progressive
society. We welcome anyone who wishes to join us in our mission.
CORE TEAM MEMBERS
Rakesh brings his vast experience as a Project Manage-
ment Professional. He has also been earlier involved in
fund raising activities for school kids uniforms, and also
devoted time voluntarily to teach.
He is an entrepreneur now, heading a tech startup called
Leading Dots and is based out of Delhi NCR.
Manish hails from Bihar and is currently working in a
leading Investment Bank based out of Bangalore. He has
been actively involved in social causes since his
college days at IIT Madras. He brings his experience with
Earlier he was Chennai Chapter Coordinator for a pan
India social group started by IITians.
Kshitiz, a Designer and an Educator and is a Managing
Trustee at the Trust, where he also heads the Strategy
and Partnerships division. He is passionate about Design
for Social Impact, and is often teaching at leading Design
and Business schools.
He is also the President of the IIT Guwahati Alumni
Association and is based out of Delhi.
Vatsala heads the Program Coordination of the Trust.
She brings in her experience from media and communi-
cations. Trained in the NCC, she brings in a lot of
management aspects and a can do spirit to drive things
on ground in Bihar.
As a Managing Trustee, she has been instrumental in
scaling up the operations to over 10 schools now.
Sourabh brings his Operations experience and is
engaged in driving things on the ground. He is incharge
of coordination with the local teams across various
He is also incharge of institutional projects. He spends
his time between Delhi and Bihar.
Ruchi functions as the designer in house and is the
person incharge of designing and creating collaterals for
She is also the Chief Volunteer Coordinator at the
organization. She is passionate organising events to
promote Design and Social Entrepreneurship.
Vinay works as the Project Manager in Bihar, and is
incharge of local activities, and coordination with the
other government authorities.
Jean is a French Designer, who has spend considerable
time traveling and studying in India. He is passionate
about Design for Social Impact.
At the Happy Horizons Trust, he contributes towards
helping with national and international collaborations
Deepika Kumari Guriya Kumari Mani Kumari
Jyoti Kumari Arpana Kushama Nedaafreen Parween
Neha Kumari Nidhi Srivastava Nighar Parween
The people driving the change across the primary and middle schools where
we function. Champions are provided leadership training as a part of the
Rukmini Devi Scholarships.
A key aspect of the Happy Horizons Trust is to work at a system level and with
the government. Through our work in schools, we aim to have atleast a project
for all the different stakeholders who are involved as a part of the education
Here are the projects that are running presently.
1. Pick Me, Click Me, Educate Me - Using Activity based learning and alter-
native Learning methods to improve the quality of education. The prime focus
is on improving reading abilities, speaking and communication skills, student’s
self confidence, writing skills and basic arithmetic.
2. Rukmini Devi Scholarships - Awarded to female high school students, the
award aims to create local changemakers driving positive social change from
a young age. The award comes with a financial incentive spread over 3 years
and different forms of training in leadership, management, teaching and under-
standing child psychology.
3. Digital Literacy Internet Awareness Program- This short 2 month course
empowers the youth with using digital tools, that are helpful in their career,
education and general upliftment of the standard of life of the individual and the
4. Career Awareness Seminars - Engaging different stakeholder (students,
teachers, parents, government officials), these seminars are conducted public-
ly, to create awareness about the different career choices one could make. It
also aims to inculcate the spirit of Entrepreneurship, and the power of building
a local economy that results in jobs and opportunities in the local but with a
5. Open Parent Meetings - Involving the parents, a very essential part of the
education system, these meetings are conducted to hear and share view points
from parents and how they can get more concerned about their children’s
PICK ME, CLICK ME, EDUCATE ME!
Using Activity based learning and alternative Learning methods to improve the
quality of education. The prime focus is on improving reading abilities, speak-
ing and communication skills, student self confidence, writing skills and basic
• To motivate children to attend schools.
• To not stop at only motivation to join, but to motivate them higher to attend it
regularly and not drop off at an early age.
• To visit schools across different parts of Bihar impart education outside the
books, related to life skills, creative skills, basic health and career counselling
• To improve the quality of education by using alternative learning methods and
HOW IT WORKS
Awardees of the Rukmini Devi Scholarships (High school students), the
champions are given proper training and mentoring on conducting the above
mentioned sessions in the schools. Each student is given one school to
coordinate with and conduct the sessions there once a week regularly while the
schools are in session.
Champions maintain a log of their activities conducted.
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Many research reports suggests that the children in primary schools today are
not able to do the basic reading of academic and general knowledge text. This
drives the vision of this activity.
BOOK READING ACTIVITIES
With art, children are encouraged to look at different ways of learning, that goes
beyond the traditional forms of rote learning.
LEARNING WITH ART CRAFTS
CONFIDENCE BUILDING ACTIVITIES
Due to lack of support, often many children in the rural primary schools, do not
have the confidence to speak up. Through this activity we focus on the improve-
ment of the soft skills around public speaking and engagement.
Who does not love a story! Children love them the most! We use the power of
storytelling to motivate children, and keep them engaged in the activities of the
The ability to write is a key learning skill. One only gets better at it if it is made
a regular habit. Through these activities the champions encourage the students
to write and often conduct writing competitions.
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ
Aimed at arousing the curiosity levels of the children, these quiz sessions are
good for getting the students to know more about the history and facts of India,
and the different happening around the country.
SESSION DETAILS 2014-2015
8 primary 3 high school across Saharsa district in Bihar
Currently 8 champions functioning
Projects to be launched in FY 15-16
Development through crafts
Design tools based learning mechanisms
To educate, is to enhance the self esteem and
makes one’s value felt in a society
RUKMINI DEVI SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to female high school students, the award aims to create local change-
makers driving positive social change from a young age. The award comes with
a financial incentive spread over 3 years and different forms of training in lead-
ership, management, teaching and understanding child psychology.
• To train high school students on leadership from a young age.
• To boost the confidence of the students to engage with different stakeholders
in constructive collaboration towards the development of the society.
• To enhance the skills level of the candidates to become capable of seeking
employment in teaching, entrepreneurship on their own.
HOW IT WORKS
High schools to select the champions, are chosen based on the vicinity of
other primary schools where the champions could function. The champions go
through a stringent 6 step selection process, that comprises of various tasks.
Once selected the champions are given training and mentoring by the senior
champions. They conduct the sessions under the guidance of the senior
champions, and later go on to conduct it themselves.
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CHAMPIONS SELECTION PROCESS
1. WRITING INTEREST ASSESSMENT
3. PUBLIC SPEAKING (EXTEMPORE)
4. GROUP DISCUSSIONS
5. PERSONAL INTERVIEW
6. HOME VISIT PARENT’S INTERVIEW
• Awarded to unmarried female students only.
• She should be studying in class 9, 10, or 11 in a government school.
• The candidate should be from a financially needy family.
• The student should be doing or motivated to do activities related to education
• Be interested in contributing towards social upliftment in the area.
DISCUSSIONS WITH SCHOOLS STAKEHOLDERS
1 2 3 4 5 6
ORIENTATION, ONBOARDING AND TRAINING
IMAGES FROM PAST SELECTION PROCESS
Public Speaking (Extempore)
Home visit Parent’s Interview
Writing Interest Assessment Reading
YEAR WISE ENGAGEMENT LEARNING
OTHER BENEFITS OF ASSOCIATION
• Life long association with the Trust, with mentors
• Assistance in finding employement through the Trust and its partners
DETAILS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES
DIGITAL LITERACY INTERNET AWARENESS
A program to empower the youth with the understanding of technology and its
usages. With ample research to show that children can pick up using technol-
ogy very quickly, we seek to create a program that enables children and youth
to understand technology, its powers and avenues for accessing information,
materials for education and ability to do tasks online, and a larger goal of
empowering them to bring positive change in the society.
• Empower the youth with the understanding of Digital tools and the Internet.
• To be able to use the power of Internet for education, utilities, commerce.
• Address the issue of the unemployable youth, who are directionless.
• Also as a long term goal, encourage more entrepreneurial activities amongst
• Support local business to think about Enterprise led development, through
informed partnerships and sharing a common goal.
HOW IT WORKS
Marketing for the course is done to primarily target the High school Students.
They enroll themselves at forms at the Computer Center, and is put in a group.
Groups are decided based on preference of practical time.
We ensure sufficient practical learning time as well, apart from the theory.
• Basic Fundamentals of Computers
• Windows Operating System
• Basics of Word, Excel, Powerpoint
• History of computers Types of Network
• Introduction to Internet and Browsers
• Understanding Search Engines (Google)
• Netiquettes, Surfing with an understanding of Security
• Emails: From id to message creation usage with attachments
• Accessing Social sites (Facebook, Twitter etc.)
• Communication Tools: Chatting, Video Conferencing (Skype)
• Utilities: Ticket Booking, Payment of bills
• Government sites and RTI
• Online Shopping
• Online form submission for examinations and job vacancies
• Money Transfer, Net Banking
• Use of Internet through Mobile, Internet on Tablet device
• Introduction to Online Education and MOOCs
• Google Drive
This introductory course is priced at Rupees 1000 for a period of 2 months.
A scholarship refund of Rupees 200 is available to all students who pass the
course with distinction at the end of the course.
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN 2014-2015
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN 2014-2015
* Information of remaining graduating students to be received
The roots of education are bitter,
but the fruit is sweet.
Public seminars engaging the different stakeholders in system namely students,
teachers, parents, government office representatives.
CAREER AWARENESS SEMINARS
• To introduce new career opportunities to the students and guide them towards
programs that could result in employability.
• To inculcate the spirit of Entrepreneurship and the power of building a local
economy that results in jobs and opportunities in the local but with a Global
• To create tie ups with Vocational training centers to improve the academic
professional and soft skills of the students in sync with the current times.
• To engage in dialogues with the local schools, government authorities
and also parents to get them more interested in the child’s education and
HOW IT WORKS
The team engages with the schools who function as hosts.
Students from high schools are invited to participate and engage in discussions
around careers of their choice. Guidance is provided in finding avenues for
preparation for competitive exams.
Students are also guided towards using Digital tools to seek more information
about the different courses and job prospects.
Techers and government officials form a part of Panel that discusses on the
challenges faced byt the students of the region. Noteworthy Teachers are also
felicitated for their contribution in education.
TEACHER’S DAY EVENT
WORLD LITERACY DAY EVENT
At the beginning of the association with the Happy Horizons Trust, the senior
Champions are required to train the Junior Champions in the presence of the
The training involves getting the new champions believe in the larger vision of
the organisation, conducting sessions, interacting with children, managing con-
flicts within the school environment etc.
INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT
RECEIPT AND PAYMENT ACCOUNT
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you the
strength, the patience, and the passion to reach
for the stars to change the world.
WHAT LIES AHEAD
It’s been an exciting journey so far! Something that could not have been possible
without the support of people who have believed in the cause we are pursuing.
As we step into the new year, we know that we do have a long way to go.
The first activity that the upcoming year will see is the inauguration of the
Computer Center in Saharsa district in Bihar. This will be the home for many of
our programs and also act as the office for our on-ground operations there.
We also start to work more on skills development, as we have felt that a lot of
the students we engage with are really short on both professional and commu-
The power of technology is only being felt in the smaller towns and villages
now. With the impetus on Digital Literacy, we are confident that we can bring
substantial positive change in the education system.
Apart from this we have a mission of getting a good volunteer base who can
help out with many things that the organisation needs from time to time. This
could be in Project Planning to engaging with the champions, to managing
Public relations to Marketing to Fund Raising.
We also set ourselves a task of raising funds to get more professional in our
operations and expand to other locations. This would be our first organised
effort towards fund raising. In the past we have got donations from people we
have not met to help in spreading the word to more people willing to join the
core team, we have seen a lot in the past year.
We welcome anyone interested in our work to join us as a team member or a
volunteer. You can be based out of anywhere and contribute in different
We are excited and hopeful for the dream to become a reality.