Zero Gravity's 'The happy school project' aims at redesigning the schooling experience 


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Nagpur: Bringing a smile on other's face is what pure souls live for.  Dr. Shrikant Jichkar foundation’s youth volunteer network ‘Zero Gravity’ is one of the well known organisation that takes up causes and issues bothering society, gets willing people together, crafts a well suited solution and implements it aiming at small yet meaningful impact. It creates opportunities for people to become change makers and use their genius on epic projects of social good. Zero Gravity has stretched its work under three projects namely: Project Happiness, Project Earth and Project Hindustan.

Recently they have started an innovative initiation called as “The happy school project”,  that aims at redesigning the schooling experience of children from low income backgrounds through a voluntary government school makeover project that enhances the learning experience of the students through visual imagery. This very project runs on the lines of Building as Learning Aid{BALA} It is a novel concept towards quality education through the creative intervention in the school infrastructure.  ‘The happy school project’ was designed around this concept of how a community of volunteers  can come together and help transform these schools into beautiful centres of learning.Volunteer of Zero Gravity work on these school transformations on weekends and invite people from the community to lend a hand as well.

Research that was undertaken before establishing this project revealed that though government schools provided basic amenities their conditions were not to the match of other leading schools of the country. This was the reason for lack of interest amongst the students attending these schools towards learning. Thus the project is an attempt to creatively modify the school surroundings and infrastructure into a better learning platform. Every minor element of the school infrastructure like steps, doors, windows, walls are revived in such a way that it attracts the kids and make them willingly adapt this creative learning process,than schooling being a mere burden. It is an innovative way to conceive and use the various building components like the floor, wall, door, window or even spaces like corridor and open space in such a way that it also helps children and teachers in the process of teaching—learning apart from serving their usual function.

Thus, in a school which has been conceived like this, a floor may no longer be just a floor, but a way to understand fractions, or window might become more than a usual window and let a child prepare for skills in writing Hindi alphabets, or a sensitively designed corridor could help children to correctly estimate distances. The group is closely working with the tribal development department of Government of Maharashtra and catering our project for 25 schools under Sarva Shikha Abhiyan in remote tribal areas of Melghat. They have ongoing projects in Pune and Aurangabad and in the state of Andra Pradesh simultaneously,working in association with the education department of Maharashtra to implement this concept in all the government schools in the state starting with the district clusters, working in association with the Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh to start transforming Government schools in remote villages in core forest areas by bringing in conceptual wildlife awareness through school buildings. More than 5000 children have been impacted through this project.
Their motive is to promote this ideas as far as possible and grow the concept of community involvement in such endeavours and impact the lives of these children and make their schools a place that inspire them to learn more and do more.



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