Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Word Builders : Building Words and Worlds
Published on July 3, 2020 um 06:03
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WordBuilder's mission is to ensure that every child across the Indian subcontinent has access to a skill-oriented education. There are 35 million children in India, who have never gone to school and many from the underprivileged background who do, ending up dropping out. These children have never received an opportunity to develop skills that would be desirable to gain a sound financial job. Employment is what can truly change the lives of those who were naturally born on the wrong side of the tracks. They have a chance at a better life, and what WordBuilders does is, give the nudge. It has been a common misconception that technology is a barrier in the path of revolution for these children. However, we aim to bridge the digital divide by providing education to the children via a technological medium. Unconventional it may be, but through our 6 programs, curated specifically for developing skills that will be valued in the workplace, we have used technology to get the message through. Children living in the suffocating slums in Mumbai, have been able to learn using the only phone their family of 7 had. Using commonly available features like WhatsApp video call, messaging apps , Skype and ZOOM for students belonging to organised NGOs, we have been able to break down the walls of weak internet, geographical bounds and the COVID-19 itself. There have been many students who have not known the importance of education due to lack of resources. Through are introductory sessions, we have aspired and many a times managed to break the age old stigma of "the bare-minimum" that has been rooted in their mind.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
To this point, through research and personal visits, we have identified around 500 children across India and successfully provided education to around 200 children, ranging from 11-18, through our 6 curated programs detailed on our site. The programs have been approved by the TribesForGood organisation and the promoters of ProjectKal, leading organisations working for children rights in India. The core team and volunteers for WordBuilders come from across the nation, and after mandatory training, become the part of the family. Through Ketto, WordBuilders is currently in the process of raising funds to further sponsor the education of the children and provide for other causes. The mission shall continue strongly in the future, due to a strong core team from my school and hometown, dedicated to it. WordBuilders has been approached by a number of newspapers, including the Voice of Cambridge and the Danik Bhaskar. Through the growing audience for blog on the site, we hope to convey the daily goals achieved by the team. We have collaborated with over 7 leading NGOs across India, some of them being "TARA organisation", "Oscar Foundation", "BuildHope Foundation", "Nari Sanstha Niketan". Students across Punjab, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bihar, Bangalore have been students to our programs. To ensure the profoundness of our impact, at the end of each course we analyse the performance of the students and cope up with what was missed out. We have been able to teach computer code to children who never had a laptop and English to those who had never heard it before.
Sustainability and future plans
A community-based project last year, WordBuilders is now a non-profit organisation. The funds for the initial stages of WordBuilders came from the winnings I made from the various competitions I had won along with my personal savings. However, with the rapid increase in the scale of WordBuilders further financing, has been supported by the public, through the fund that is live on Ketto as well as the sponsorship generously provided by WordSphere (the sister organisation) and Ace International. The next step for WordBuilders is to go deeper in the web of poverty in India and find as many students we can and lift them up. On a larger scale, Word Builders is also in contact with volunteers in the neighbouring of Bangladesh and hopes to take its work international. We further plan to contact UNICEF and the Punjab government (already in conversation), for making the mission bigger and better.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
All around me, when I went to school in my bus each day, outside on the road near my house, there were children, begging. Instead of books in their hands, they had a chipped-steel bowl that their own parents had given them. From teaching 3 underprivileged children from the neighbourhood in my own home when I was 12, to growing up and realising that we can be our own revolution, WordBuilders came to life. My adoration for debate and speech since a young age, winning state, national and international debating championships had pushed me to think of international issues prevalent in small corners. Since grade 9, I have been working with the district government by organising rallies and giving speeches in front of the entire city population, about the the social causes that need immediate attention. WordBuilders was my leap from words to actions. I have been awarded the "Times Scholar award" at the national level by Tribune, and the "Mind Raiser" award for the social service done by the state government. I have been fortunate of being given the Scholars award by LWES ( Learning Wings Education System) , along with a full merit scholarship, for my achievements as a student and a society member. A few of my other hobbies are studying and researching linguistics and mythologies, that has lead me to create my own language. I have also been coding since a young age, and have coded an app "Mystirian". I am currently in the process of making an app to make education accessible to more children, thereby, furthering the cause of WordBuilders. I am 17, currently a senior from Cambridge International School For Girls, from a small city Jalandhar.
Teaching, irrespective of the barriers in Punjab
Saraswati Sindhu Nayas - Angrezi Medium
Computorian in Mumbai