Under the Banyan Tree

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"Under the Banyan Tree"
Kathan Kothari
Manthan Educational Programme Society, Inc.

Leiden University
June 2011

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Under the Banyan Tree

  1. 1. UNDER THE BANYAN TREE MANTHAN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME SOCIETY, INDIA WWW.MEPSINDIA.ORG
  2. 2. INDIA
  3. 3. PEOPLELANGUAGES: 29 POPULATION: 1.21 BILLION
  4. 4. What we do at Manthan?MANTHAN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME SOCIETY IS A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION FOCUSEDTO AMELIORATE AND INSTILL FRESH METHODS IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIPDEVELOPMENT AMONGST STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES AT LARGE.
  5. 5. ManthanActivites:Science Communication- Science Activity Kits- Hands on Science- Science Training & Workshops- Science Publications- Science Outreach MaterialS&T based EntrepreneurshipDevelopment CommunityProgrammesResource Material Development- Video Modules- Training & Educational Manuals- Hands on Outreach KitsExhibitions
  6. 6. AIMTO REACH TO MASSES OF PEOPLE ACCROSS THE COUNTRY BY LOWCOST AND INOVATIVE HANDS-ON APPROACH
  7. 7. GIANT TREEA BANYAN TREE
  8. 8. REST PLACE FOR ALL
  9. 9. CHILDREN UNDER BANYAN TREE
  10. 10. CHILDREN ENJOYING
  11. 11. THEY MAKE TOYS
  12. 12. SCIENCE TOYS
  13. 13. CLAY TOYS
  14. 14. A VILLAGE PORTERLOW COST FACILITIES
  15. 15. CHILDREN ENJOYING THE TOY SHOWS
  16. 16. AN ELEPHANT
  17. 17. A MAGIC ELEPHANTA SYPHEN HIDDEN INSIDE
  18. 18. MAGICIAN’S POT
  19. 19. AIR PRESSURE POT
  20. 20. EVERY REGION IN INDIA HAS DIFFERENT TOYS
  21. 21. ALL THESE TOYSARE SCIENCE TOYS
  22. 22. WE WERE INSPIRED BY SUCH IDEASTO DEVELOP LOW COST TOYS
  23. 23. SEVERAL DIFFERENT KINDS OFLOW COST TOYS WERE DEVELOPED
  24. 24. OUR SCIENCE TOYS WERE A PART OF A NATIONAL SCIENCE MOVEMENT CALLED ‘JATHA’(SCIENCE POPULARISATION MARCH) Project Support: NCSTC
  25. 25. ROAD SIDESCIENCE TOY SHOW
  26. 26. VILLAGE CHILDERN LOVED MAGIC & PUPPET SHOWS
  27. 27. TOYS WEREBIG AND SMALL
  28. 28. TOYS DISPLAYED DIFFERENT SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES
  29. 29. CHILDREN ENJOYEDSUCH SCIENCE TOYS
  30. 30. ALL INDIA RADIO AND NCSTC, GOVT OF INDIA DECIDED TO LAUNCHMASS SCIENCE AWARENESSPROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN
  31. 31. THEY PRODUCEDA SCIENCE SERIAL
  32. 32. THE EXPERTS STRONGLY FELT THAT SIMPLE AND VERY LOW-COST OUTREACH MATERIAL WILL MAKE THE AUDIO PROGRAMME INTERACTIVE
  33. 33. ‘MANTHAN’ WAS GIVEN THIS TASK TO DEVELOP & PRODUCESCIENCE EDUCATIONAL TOYS & KITS Project Support: NCSTC
  34. 34. THE KITS WERE DEVELOPEDON SEVERAL SUBJECTS
  35. 35. HUMAN EVOLUTIONEVOLUTION OF MANHUMAN CIVILISATION MAN THE BUILDER HEALING TOUCH ENERGY MAN IN THE SPACE CRADDLE OF LIFE CHOICE BEFORE US
  36. 36. THE KITS WERE SENT TOREGISTERED BROADCAST LISTENERS THE BROADCAST WAS DONE IN 22 LANGUAGES SIMULTANEOUSLY
  37. 37. THE REGISTRATION WASDONE THROUGH POSTCARDS WE RECEIVED SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSANDS OFPOSTCARDS FROM CHILDREN ACCROSS THE COUNTRY
  38. 38. THE MEDIUM OF POST WAS EXPLORED ACTIVITY KITS WERE SENT TO EACH STUDENT’S DOORSTEPS ON THE REGISTERED ADDRESS
  39. 39. JOY OFGETTING KITS
  40. 40. KITSREACHEDDISTANTVILLAGES
  41. 41. EACH KIT CONSISTED OF 12-15SMALL SCIENCE ACTIVITY TOYS
  42. 42. BROADCAST AND SCIENCE KITS
  43. 43. SOME 175,000 CHILDRENLISTENERS WERE REGISTERED
  44. 44. THEY LISTENED TOTHE RADIO AND AT THESAME TIME PLAYED WITHSIMPLE SCIENCE TOYS
  45. 45. COST PER KITRS. 10 (20 U.S. CENTS)ALONGWITH MAILING
  46. 46. REGISTERED BENEFICIARIES 175,000 NON REGISTERED 175,000 X 5FAMILY/FRIENDS MEMBERS = 875,000 CHILDREN
  47. 47. 175,000 DIRECT BENEFICIARIES x 8 KITS 14,00,000 TOTAL KITS 1,400,000 KITS X 15 TOYS 21,000,000 SCIENCE TOYS
  48. 48. THE BROADCAST & DISTRIBUTION WAS DONE FOR 24 MONTHSONE OF THE WORLD’S LONGEST INTERACTIVE SCIENCE SERIAL
  49. 49. SOME SIMPLE SCIENCE TOYSHEAT ABSORPTION PACK
  50. 50. ATOMIC FISSION CARD
  51. 51. TURBINE
  52. 52. OUTREACH APPROACHPROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT ON RADIO POSTCARD REGISTRATIONKITS DISPATCHED ON REGISTERED ADDRESS RADIO BROADCAST IN 22 LANGUAGES ACTIVITIES ALONG WITH BROADCAST FEEDBACK
  53. 53. BASIC DESIGN APPROACH LOW COST ECO-FREINDLY HANDS-ON INTERACTIVE EASY TO MAIL (POST) SUBJECT SPECIFIC EASY TO UNDERSTAND IDEA CATALYSING
  54. 54. EXPERTS FOR THE KIT, TOYS SCIENTISTS BEHAVIOURAL SPECIALISTSCIENCE COMMUNICATORS DESIGNERS EDUCATORS PAPER ENGINEERS PRODUCTION AGENCIES ADMINISTRATION PEOPLE
  55. 55. THIS APPROACH TOWARDS SCIENCE COMMUNICATION WAS NOTICED BY MANYNEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES
  56. 56. INDIA’S BIGGEST PRINT MEDIA UNIT ‘THE TIMES OF INDIA’ OFFERED ‘MANTHAN’ A PAGE FOR INTRODUCING SCIENCE ACTIVITIES AND TOYS NAMED WEE-WONDER FOR ENTIRE ONE YEAR
  57. 57. THE IDEAS REACHED A VERY VAST READERSHIPTHIS INSPIRED SEVERAL CHILDREN
  58. 58. SEVERAL DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL KITS WEREDEVELOPED IN THE JOURNEY OF TIME
  59. 59. EARTHQUAKE KIT Project Support: VIGYAN PRASAR EARTHQUAKE IN INDIA:2000 EARTHQUAKE KIT:2001
  60. 60. SEISMIC WAVES SAFE STRUCTURES
  61. 61. MIRACLE KITYEAR:2003
  62. 62. SOLAR ECLIPSE KIT Project Support: NCSTC INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY:2009
  63. 63. CREATE YOUR OWNSOLAR ECLIPSE
  64. 64. PIN HOLE CAMERA
  65. 65. MOON’S SHADOW
  66. 66. WEATHER KIT Project Support: VIGYAN PRASAR YEAR 2008
  67. 67. CONTENTS IN AIR
  68. 68. BIODIVERSITY KIT Project Support: VIGYAN PRASAR INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF BIODIVERSITY:2010
  69. 69. UNDERSTANDING LIFE CYCLE
  70. 70. A SMALL TOY IDEAS GAVE BIRTH TO COMMUNITY SCIENCE TOYS
  71. 71. SEVERAL SCIENCEPLAYGROUNDSWERE DEVELOPED
  72. 72. SCIENCE TOYS MADE BY CHILDREN
  73. 73. THE IDEAS WERE MADE MOBILE TO REACHINTERIOR VILLAGES
  74. 74. BIODIVERSITY &ENVIRONMENTCAMEL CART YEAR:1990
  75. 75. Astronomy on Camel Cart Ranked the Most innovative Outreach programme in World
  76. 76. BUDGET: RS. 10,000 ($200)OUTREACH TO 250,000 PEOPLE IN AND AROUND AHMEDABAD
  77. 77. ASTRONOMY ON CAMEL CART EXHIBITION VISITED VILLAGES, SLUMS AND LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOODS IN AND AROUND AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT. THE EXHIBITION VISITED: 25 VILLAGES IN AND AROUND AHMEDABAD 7 PUBLIC GARDENS 13 URBAN AREAS MORE THAN 20 SCHOOLS 4 UNIVERSITIESDIRECT BENEFICIARIES: 2,50,000
  78. 78. UNDER THE TREE
  79. 79. AT VEGETABLE MARKET
  80. 80. AT THE SCHOOLS
  81. 81. ON THE ROAD SIDE
  82. 82. ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED ALONG WITH THE EXHIBITION MOBILE CAMEL CART EXHIBITION WITH 14 PANELS SOLAR ECLIPSE ACTIVITIES SOLAR ECLIPSE AWARENESS HANDS ON ACTIVITIES ON ASTRONOMY SOLAR VIEWING SKY WATCHING TELESCOPE VIEWING ANTI-SUPERSTITION CAMPAIGNS RADIO TALKS EXHIBITIONS IN PUBLIC GARDENS AND STREETS
  83. 83. ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED
  84. 84. AWARENESS ACTIVITIES
  85. 85. OBSERVATION
  86. 86. RADIO BROADCAST
  87. 87. WE REACHED SEVERALINTERIOR VILLAGES & URBAN CITIESTRIBAL SCHOOLS & URBAN SCHOOLS
  88. 88. GUJCOST SCIENCE CLUBS A NEW APPROACH TOWARDS DISTRICT SCIENCE CENTRES19 COMMUNITY SCIENCE CENTRES IN GUJARAT TO REACH TO EACH VILLAGES IN THE STATE
  89. 89. ASTRONOMY IN TRIBAL SCHOOLS
  90. 90. ASTRONOMY VIDEOS
  91. 91. QUESTION - ANSWER SESSIONS
  92. 92. OBSERVATION SESSIONS
  93. 93. WITH THE COMMUNITY
  94. 94. CENTURIES WILL COME AND GO AND YET THE BANYAN TREE WILL GO ON WITNESSING CHILDREN MAKING TOYS UNDER ITS SHADE
  95. 95. WE THANK OUR ALL OUR SUPPORTERS &CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
  96. 96. THANK YOU MANTHAN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME SOCIETY, INDIA C-1, SUKRUTI, MANEKBAG, AHMEDABAD - 380015. PH: (O) + 91 79 26766571 (M) +91 9913614509E-MAIL: abhay.manthan@gmail.com, kathankothari@gmail.com Web: www.mepsindia.org

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