Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
An initiative, started in 2014 to empower deprived young girls of underperforming schools with STEM Education, i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics through hands on learning approach. The aim is to make learning an enjoyable process among the children and provide a stress free platform for sustainable growth. The children are allowed to make mistakes and encouraged to overcome it fruitfully. They are provided with necessary equipment to experiment and learn Science and Maths subjects. The team is taking all the essential steps in designing new methodologies to teach and motivate children to come up with different ideas and projects. We strive to provide quality education for underprivileged children free of cost. Besides the totally technical and subject related classes, children are made to practice green activities in the school. On seeing overwhelming response from the children, we decided to set up 'Eco-GREEN' Clubs in the government schools. The activities involve organic farming, composting, tree plantations, talks on Plastics and reducing techniques, Menstrual hygiene Awareness, Paper recycling and cloth bags making workshops etc. Likewise, there will be classes on communication skills, confidence building and personality development. Motivation workshops will also be held and on every weekend there will be session on SELF DEFENCE for Girls and CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE Education. The project explores the gaps in the prevailing education system. More of hands on experience is needed. Further, other subjects that will ensure more all rounded growth are being taken up.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Education is the master key to mental, emotional and academic growth of children. Providing it with hands on learning techniques enhances the knowledge of the children rapidly. We at SEEDSTEM strive to impact the lives of underprivileged children. Our primary target is to make them excel in all activities. We bring out the best in our children through our activities focussed on their all round development. Apart from the academic scores, the children perform well in all other activities. They enjoy experimenting and learning through our syllabus. The project also promotes the essential concept of sustainable living in the young minds. The children benefiting from our programs will surely inspire other children. They will make better citizens of our country.
Sustainability and future plans
Chennai, a region in Tamilnadu, India has 500+ primary, middle and higher secondary schools. We are focussing to reach as many schools possible and scale up to entire state of Tamilnadu in the near future with funds/resources provided. Education for Sustainable Development is Education for the future. Children are our future and by making them aware of the current situation and equipping them with the knowledge and resources, we are making them environmentally responsible as well.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Education is a vital key to empowerment of women and an instrument for bringing about positive attitudinal changes in women. I'm a 21 years old girl who is the Founder of this initiative. I have recently completed my Bachelors' degree in Mechatronics Engineering. I presented my work in International Conferences at Washington D.C., Japan and represented an organization to United Nations Meeting on Science and Technology for Development, from India. I have currently involved in projects on Power Generation through renewable energy resources. I believe in the power of youngsters in sustainable development and want to prepare my brothers and sisters be future ready, friendly to nature and safeguard it for better Earth.