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KantLearning – A High Engagement Learning Process

Hridayesh Kant Gupta
23/08/19
(KantLearning – An example of great possibilities, when public and private sectors come together) Hridayesh Kant, US based NRI and software expert, thinks that he has the answer to ongoing crisis in government run education systems. He has engineered a low-cost, video game like classroom environment using cheap TVs. Idea is based on group practice in a supervised setting by harnessing the energy of students to perform all tasks while making the system as a fun learning environment.Idea did not evolve overnight, it took four years of research effort in faraway places like Bastar, Alwar, Baghpat, Bulandshahar and many other cities. After multiple iterations, he has arrived at a simple solution which students love, and learning happens at students’ competence levels. System also removes the subject knowledge burden from class administrators.Presently this system is being piloted at more than 100 schools in NDMC, KV and SDMC including few private schools.Start of a public private relationshipKant process was designed to be implemented by school staff with minimal initial training. The first government school implementation (Started in 2018 with permission from Mr. Naresh Kumar, Chairman, NDMC) turned out to be its strong validation as Ms. Simmi Sachdeva (HM, Primary School, Netaji Nagar) took the idea and ran with it. She not only implemented it at her school but is now coordinating ‘Kant Process’ implementation at all 45 NDMC schools with great success. She is now one of the biggest proponents of the system, having watched it over a year from closed quarters.Since then, system has grown to cover more than 100 schools at NDMC, KV and SDMC schools. Similar success stories are being reported by school principals and teachers involved. Students are enjoying the system because of its gamified nature.Initial tests conducted by KantLearning staff at some of the schools are reporting 60-80 percent improvement in learning levels over as little as six months.It is hoped that the simplicity of the process, low-cost, easy replicability and the capacity of school staff to adopt good ideas, will allow it to spread quickly across education systems. 
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'Sky is the Limit' at Department of Special Needs at Step By Step School

Sattik was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy with hemiplegia due to asphyxia at birth and swallowing of meconium fluid. His struggles were daunting but with the untiring support of his parents, he has come a long way. He has mild speech and language problems with motor difficulties in the left leg and hand which affects the speed of his work. In 2010 he joined SBS in Grade 6 in the mainstream class with full learning support and remediation in English. Encouragement from the mainstream as well as the remedial teachers helped him to gain confidence. The SBS ethos reinforced his ‘never give up’ attitude and made him more assertive in conveying his thoughts and opinions. Sattik’s tenacity along with a strong support system at home aided him to pass his class X board exams in 2015 with flying colours. Today he proudly travels on his own to Shaheed Bhagat Singh college, Delhi University where he is pursuing the B.Com.  course. He participated in the college cricket team in his first year and in the second year he helped under-privileged children in Jamia during weekends.Arav was diagnosed with dilation of the right ventricle of his brain. This affected his creativity and imagination. Also, because his processing speed was affected, he used to take time to collect his thoughts before speaking. In his previous schools, he had been facing academic difficulties especially in reading and writing. In 2010, when he was 11 years old, Arav joined the Department of Special Needs at Step By Step School. Here his parents were closely involved in his teaching-learning process. They were empowered with strategies to develop reading skills through a customized reading program. He progressed from reading sight words, to simple sentences with familiar words and then on to short stories. Along with academics, there was a consistent focus on skill sets in areas of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Adolescent Education Programme (AEP) and general awareness.  A customized sports and fitness programme contributed majorly in his overall development. At the age of 14 years, as part of the Prevocational Training Programme Arav got an opportunity to work in various training domains in the school like Kitchen, Library, Stationary Supply Store and IT Department. The programme helped him to enhance his work skills. At the age of 16 years, he started a two year Intensive Prevocational Training in the IT Department and also attended summer training programmes there. Arav assisted in assignments such as updating software in the ICT Labs, maintenance of projectors, covering events in school (still photography as well as video shooting) and rendering of students’ photographs for school ID Cards. In 2018, after leaving school at the age of 18 years, he passed the Secondary School exams through the NIOS board.In April 2019, Arav joined the IT department at SBS as a Trainee. This is the first time that a student, and that too from the Special Education Department, has been given this opportunity. Apart from being a feather in our ‘Inclusive Cap’, it is a great step forward for him. This was possible only due to the combined efforts of school, parents and of course Arav.
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CYOB – Carry your own Bottle | Carry your own Bag: An Effort to make Bhopal Plastic-free

There is an ambitious effort by Government of India to phase out single-use plastics by 2022. Keeping this aim in mind, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation is on a mission to reduce the plastic waste in the city. For this an initiative #CYOB-Carry Your Own Bag | Carry Your Bottle has been launched focusing on the principles of 4Rs – Recycle, Reduce, Reuse and Redistribution keeping in mind the ease of adaptability and sustainability by the citizens.Current ScenarioPlastic bags are very convenient for carrying any purchased items and have become such an integral part of our lives that we don’t even give a thought about their production and disposal. Similarly plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make the plastic hard and clear. BPA is an endocrine disruptor which has been proven to be hazardous to human health. It has been strongly linked to a host of health problems including certain types of cancer, neurological difficulties, early puberty in girls, reduced fertility in women, premature labour, and defects in newborn babies – to name a few examples. Globally there is a conscious effort on minimizing the usage of plastic (polythene bags and plastic bottles ESP.).Decomposition of plastic takes hundreds of years and is a very difficult and complex process. Around the world only 8% plastic is being recycled.In fact, it is estimated that up to 10 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world.It is estimated that plastic waste generated for year 2016-17 in MP was 50457.07 TPA (Tons per Annum).According to a survey out of every 100 cows, 70 cows are dying due to the consumption of polythene bags.According to BMC on an average, one person uses 5 to 6 kg polythene bags in a month. About ‘Carry Your Own Bag | Carry Your Bottle’ Bhopal Municipal Corporation is committed on stopping the use of non-standard, single use (use & throw) polythene & cutlery and plastic bags & bottles. Already ‘Spot Fine’ campaign is going on in order to curb the usage of plastic in the city. All Government offices have been declared ‘Single-Use’ plastic free. However for creating even greater awareness and bringing about a behavioral change in the mindsets of the city people CYOB program has been initiated. This is a step forward to provide sustainable solutions to the problems damaging the ecosystem.  Features of the #CYOB program#CYOB is a city-wide program covering all the areas of Bhopal City.Under Carry your own Bottle initiative, citizens are required to carry their own water bottles at all times instead of buying plastic bottled water. There are various types of BPA free bottles that citizens can carry such as copper bottles, stainless steel bottles, glass bottles, hot & cool thermoflasks etc.Carrying a water bottle at all times will not only benefit the environment but will also ensure health benefits as the person will remember to drink water regularly. The idea is to provide minimize the consumption of plastic bottles and the litter created by throwing them anywhere.Under Carry your own Bag initiative, citizens are encouraged to carry a cloth bag or an eco-friendly bags with them at all times so as to stop the usage of plastic bags when purchasing products. BMC has started centres for making eco-friendly bags. At present these centres have been setup at New market, Gulmohar Colony, Ashima Mall at Hoshangabad Road and 10 No. Market. Tailors have also been made available at these centres. At the centres, citizens can bring their old clothes and tailors make eco-friendly, reusable cloth bags free of cost and give it to the citizens. Various organisations like MahaShakti Seva Kendra are also going door to door for old clothes collection. The idea is to provide maximum cloth bags to the citizens of Bhopal.BMC also aims to create awareness by sending its people to residential areas, various commercial areas, sabji-mandis, and other important areas to sensitize people about the problems of plastic and to motivate and encourage citizens to use eco-friendly alternatives. Inputs have been invited from various community organisations and environmentalists to forge a common declaration regarding a host of environmental challenges. Public and Private sectors, students, self-help groups & NGOs have been encouraged to find affordable and eco-friendly alternatives to the plastic waste problem (esp. for single use plastic products) to phase them out completely.Other Initiatives for Plastic Free Bhopal Bhopal municipal corporation (BMC) has been pro-actively working towards reduction of plastic usage within the city of Bhopal since a long time now. We have made numerous strides to sensitize people on and have also rolled out many initiatives and are in process of rolling many more initiatives focused on reduction of plastic usage. Some of them are:  “No to Plastic” Campaign has been recently rolled out which is focused on elimination of Single Use Plastic from the entire city. Innovative banners have been installed across the city, promotional videos and jingles have been made to sensitize people on elimination of single use plastic. “Haath Badhao Sheher Swachh Banao” event has been planned for 21-Sep-19 where we will do a mass cleanliness drive across the city at 150 locations in collaboration with local schools, colleges, other Govt. departments, NGO’s, RWA’s. We have initiated a cleanliness ranking amongst local RWA’s, Schools, Hotels in the city to promote cleanliness  No Plastic Express: A vehicle/bus shall visit all the govt. schools, other relevant institutions as per predefined and well communicated schedule covering all the schools with Government schools as primary target. Idea is that students will collect and bring plastic waste at designated venues/schools where vehicle would visit and students shall also pledge to work towards plastic reduction by signing a petition. Based upon whatever waste is brought to the collection centres, we would provide 2X to 3X times the value of waste offered in the form of stationery products, payment vouchers, etc. Market price of 1 kg plastic is app. 10INR (We have collaborated with a startup named ‘Kabadiwala’ which is incubated by us to buy plastic waste from us). The remaining portion will be matched by BMC as our contribution to promote reduction of plastic. Hence, if a student is able to collect 2 kgs of plastic waste. He/she could earn 40-60INR in return. Based upon the above mentioned facts. This could also be a regular drive. 3 Bartan Banks have been setup in the city which provide utensils on rent for public and personal events to promote reduction of plastic usage. Rigorous campaigning for waste segregation and reduction of plastic waste have been going on in the city since last 6 over all media platforms and physical branding on roads We are in process of launching a “Bag bank” at New Market and other market areas where people could rent out bags for a nominal charge  Plastic free iztima (A weekly market) is organized in the old city areas of Bhopal by BMC  Bhopal Municipal Corporation has launched a 20-feet floating bottle in the capital's Lake, which aims to convey a message of cleanliness to the residents. 
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Ayushman Bharat: India’s commitment to Universal Health Coverage

Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)Background and rationaleIndia has achieved significant public health gains and improvements in health care access and quality over the last three decades. The health sector is amongst the largest and fasting growing sectors, expected to reach US$ 280 billion by 2020.  However, at the same time, India’s health sector faces immense challenges. Health sector in India continues to be characterized by high out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure, low financial protection, low health insurance coverage amongst both rural and urban population that forces people to undertake catastrophic expenditure. 62.58% of health expenditure is paid out of pocket. Hospitalization expenses are not covered through any form of health protection. According to one estimate, each year 6 crore people are pushed below the poverty line as they meet their healthcare needs by spending large a proportion of their income and savings, borrowing money or selling their assets.The current chronic morbidity rate for poorest 40% is about 4% whereas the hospitalisation rate is 2.45%. Compared to this, the richest 40% have the slightly lower morbidity but a hospitalisation rate of 5.15%.  This gap in morbidity and hospitalisation for the poor is because of lack of financial means and access. Ayushman Bharat was launched to eliminate the incidence of impoverishment due to catastrophic expenditure on health. It represents a transition from segmented, sectoral and fragmented program implementation models towards a comprehensive, holistic, need-based healthcare system. It is also expected to cater to the latent demand (of the poor) for quality healthcare while ensuring cashless access to secondary and tertiary care services. Ayushman Bharat: India’s commitment to Universal Health CoverageAyushman Bharat encapsulates a progression towards promotive, preventive, curative, palliative and rehabilitative aspects of Universal Healthcare through access of Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) at the primary level and provisioning of financial protection for accessing curative care at the secondary and tertiary levels through engagement with both public and private sector.Ayushman Bharat adopts a continuum of care approach, comprising of two inter-related components:Creation of 1,50,000 Health and Wellness Centres which will bring health care closer to the homes of the people. These centres will provide Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC), covering both maternal and child health services and non-communicable diseases, including free essential drugs and diagnostic services. The first Health and Wellness Centre was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister at Jangla, Bijapur, Chhatisgarh on 14 April 2018. The second component is the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) which provides health protection cover to poor and vulnerable families for secondary and tertiary care. The Health and Wellness Centres will play a critical role in creating awareness about PM-JAY, screening for non-communicable diseases, follow-up of hospitalisation cases among others. Highlights of PM-JAY Objectives of PM-JAYo   Improve affordability – PM-JAY will enable the bottom 40 per cent of the population to afford and access secondary and tertiary care including pre-hospitalisation and post-hospitalisation expenseso   Improve accessibility – PM-JAY will enhance access to medical care along a continuum of care. Through the network of empaneled public and private hospitals, responsibility will rest with supply side especially in the private sectoro   Improve quality of care – PM-JAY will encourage healthcare providers to improve the quality of care and services through standard treatment protocols. Payment through the private sector and beneficiary feedback mechanism will further propel healthcare providers to improve the quality of their services. Coverage Over 10.74 crore (100 million) vulnerable entitled families (approximately 50 crore or 500 million beneficiaries) are covered as per the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 deprivation criteria for rural families and identified occupational categories of urban workers’ families.  Key FeaturesHealth cover of up to Rs. 5,00,000 per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization through a network of Empaneled Health Care Providers (EHCP)Cashless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of serviceNo cap on family size, age or genderAll pre–existing conditions are covered. The benefit cover includes pre & post hospitalization expensesBenefits are portable across the country in all empaneled hospitalsServices include about 1,394 procedures covering treatment, food, drugs and supplies, and diagnostics services PM-JAY covers up to 3 days of pre-hospitalisation and 15 days of post-hospitalisation expenses such as diagnostics and medicines Institutional StructureAn independent autonomous body in the form of a National Health Authority (NHA) has been set up to manage PM-JAY at the national level. Headed by a full-time Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NHA is responsible for implementing the scheme across the country. It is governed by a Governing Board chaired by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and has 11 members. To implement the scheme at the state level, states have formed State Health Agencies (SHAs) in the form of a society/trust. SHAs have full operational control over implementation of the scheme in the state.   Status of progress of PM-JAY (As of 03.10.2019) | Beneficiaries Verified | 10.7 crore | Beneficiaries admitted to hospital (since 23 September, 2018) | 48.3 Lakhs | Amount authorized | 7,686 Crores | Hospitals empaneled  | 18,289  (47% public hospitals & 53% private hospitals)  Currently, 32 States/UTs are implementing PM-JAY. o   Punjab has started implementation on 20th August 2019o   Rajasthan has started implementation on 1st September 2019o   Four States yet to implement PM-JAY – Delhi, Odisha, Telangana and West Bengal. More than 10.7 crore beneficiaries have been verified and nearly 25,000 beneficiaries, on an average, in a single day are receiving treatment under PM-JAY. In terms of day to day performance, since the launch of PM-JAY.o   Three PM-JAY E-cards are getting generated in every one second.o   One PM-JAY beneficiary is receiving free treatment in every three seconds. In terms of the claims amount, 55% of the claims amount has been filed for tertiary packages. The 5 major tertiary procedures which have witnessed the highest utilization are:o   PTCA – single / double stento   Linear Accelerator External Beam Radiotherapy o   Primary Knee Replacemento   Total Hip Replacemento   Intensive Neonatal Care Package The portability feature offered under PM-JAY has been greatly availed by beneficiaries. More than 45,600 beneficiaries have availed treatment worth around Rs. 120 crores through portability.  
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Keeping Children Safe

At Arpan, we believe every child matters. Every child has a right to be safe and protected from sexual abuse and heal from its ill effects. As the largest NGO addressing the phenomenon of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in the country, we provide prevention and intervention services to children and adults, irrespective of their socio-economic background, gender, sexuality, caste, religion and political affiliation. Arpan provides direct services to children, adolescents and adults to prevent Child Sexual Abuse and appropriately deal with disclosures of children and adolescents through our flagship programme – Personal Safety Education. This programme caters to children and adolescents in schools, communities, NGOs, and institutions.Arpan also provides long-term psychotherapeutic support to adolescent girls and boys and adult survivors in shelter homes who have been sexually abused or trafficked and provides healing support to children and adult survivors of Child Sexual Abuse through Mental Health Services.  Arpan also develops age-appropriate and customised resources for relevant stakeholders and conducts training for stakeholders to incorporate Child Protection mechanisms in their environments through Training and Capacity Building initiatives. Arpan does policy advocacy to bring in systemic change that will appropriately respond to the child protection needs at the city, state and national level.Since our inception in 2006, Arpan has directly touched lives of over 245,095 children and adults through prevention, healing and training programmes. Through our partnerships, we have reached out to over 997,403 children and adults. Arpan has grown from a humble team of three members to a roster of over 110 individuals working dedicatedly towards the cause.As we take bigger strides in scaling up our services and evolve to be a national level research agency on CSA, we urge you to join us as the Warriors of Arpan in our fight to ensure ‘A World Free of Child Sexual Abuse’.
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eShakti.com: Power of Tech Spreading Happiness in Two Different Ends of the World

 At a time when Indian Garment Export industry is struggling due to cheaper competition from other Asian countries & falling demand from western markets, eShakti.com, an innovative home grown fashion brand, has bucked the trend and has emerged as saviour for hundreds of employees who lost their jobs or had to settle with poor earnings. eShakti.com is a technology driven company that makes customised garments for women in several countries. The company collects the measurements through its website and mobile app, makes each garment to the given measurements and delivers at customers’ doorstep in 9-13 days. Not just that, eShakti on its app lets customers try various customisation options and displays them for the customer to compare and choose. Customers are delighted that they are empowered to choose the style (neck type, sleeve type, length) that will look good on them eShakti believes that fashion is meant not just for models but for women of all shapes and sizes. eShakti not only delivers garments but confidence, pride and happiness through personalised fashion to women who don’t find much options in the stores. While eShakti is doing all this for its customers in western markets, let’s now know what impact it is making for the community here in India. In 2015, eShakti.com provided employment to around 700 workers across Delhi NCR. This number in 2019 has risen to around 2000. With an aim to maintain a similar growth in coming years, the company is recruiting and skilling more workers at a rapid pace. This has come as a big relief for tailors, cutters and other garment finishing employees who suffered because of dampening demand of Indian exports. Most of the employees belong to small villages & towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The impact of this employment is reaching to all these villages & towns and spreading smiles on thousands of faces in hinterland. Major operations functions of the company moved into Noida Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in September 2018. Mr. Ashish Pradhan, COO of eShakti recalls his first meeting with the Development Commissioner, Dr. Lalit Singhal, “I requested an appointment with Dr. Singhal and I was given appointment for the same day. Dr. Singhal & his team were quite quick in understanding the model. In that meeting itself, the broad model was discussed. Amazed with the pace of this process, I was thinking whether I had just met the bureaucrats or the leadership team of an MNC.”Company recognises that SEZ has been a big enabler of this growth. A secured Area, ready infrastructure, single window clearance and simplified procedures all due to Special Economic Zone have contributed in making all this happen. Considering the pace needed for e-commerce business, NSEZ authorities also simplified the clearance process to a great extent reducing the post-production timeline from 3 days to 1 day- Saving of 2 days!Company informs that the NSEZ officials act more as facilitators not just as regulators. This snapshot exhibits how business friendly processes of NSEZ have helped the company and the ecosystem alikeeShakti management believes that by September-2023, within 5 years of commencing the operations in NSEZ, the company would be making annual exports to the tune of $ 100 Mn and would provide employment to about 10000 workers mostly from the nearby villages. 
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Shun Plastic, Save water.. All while creating Rural Jobs

District Hoshiarpur has undertaken a small and unique initiative to generate a livelihood based solution for the problem of excessive use of plastic The administration under Additional Deputy Commissioner Development has converged the scheme of State Rural Livelihood Mission, Mission Tandarust Punjab, Jal shakti Abhiyaan and Ghar Ghar Rozgar to achieve a movement towards replacement of plastic bags with cloth bags in rural areas Under this initiative, old/discarded clothes are taken as donations from people of the village and are given to local SHGs who in turn use them as raw material for creating stitched cloth bags which is given away to the same people of the villages. Simultaneously, they are also made aware of the dire need of reducing plastic use and it’s harmful effects to air, water and soil, and overall environment. They are educated on how plastic gets accumulated in the layers of the earth preventing water to percolate down leading to the falling of the water table even further. We believe such local solutions are extremely crucial to revive the water table in a state like Punjab where a 110 blocks out of a 150 are dark/ exploited blocks. All of this is done while generating local jobs to rural women who need this push the most. Coordinated efforts with municipal corporation Hoshiarpur are already underway to take it to urban areas as well. Self employment for 90 rural women who are part of 9 SHGs has already been generated in Bai Bidiyan village in the district. This village was chosen for being the pilot village for this initiative. The administration plans to take this initiative and slowly implement it in all villages of the district as well as in urban areas in due time  Since the state is making a concentrated effort on banning single use plastic from October 2. Maybe such initiatives can provide people with natural non-harmful substitutes like these cloth bags.
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Empowering Women through Digital Literacy

Sandeshkhali Maa Saroda Women & Rural Welfare Society is registered under Society Registration Act 1962 of West Bengal Bearing No-S0198323 and also Registered under NGO Darpan Vide Unique Id –WB/2015/0086641 having 12AA & 80G. They are working in various fields like Health, Education, Environmental, Livelihood etc. since 2009 in the district   of West Bengal. Sandeshkhali-I is a less developed block of the Sundarbans Delta. As per the Census 2011, the population is 1,64,214. The population of SC community and ST community is 26,321 and 21,635, respectively. The maximum number of people fall BPL (Below Poverty Line). Most of the people generate their income through fishing. There are 4000 Self Help Groups (SHG) with 40000 women members in Sandeshkhali-I & II blocks. They lack knowledge about computers and it's day to day relevance in the present time. Digital knowhow is essential to connect with the outer world. For them, knowledge about digital money transfer as well as online banking is also of importance. We are providing free digital literacy to the SHG members so that they can maintain their cash book digitally and transfer the money through online banking system. Apart from this, they also learn how to book tickets online, fill up various kinds of online forms, etc. We have trained 120 SHG members and our training program will continue till all the SHG members are trained. Majority of trained SHG members are now generating their income through data entry and online work. With the help of Linde IS Kolkata, we are going to set-up four online service centres to provide employability to these trained women.Poor quality of education and low literacy rate is yet another challenge of this area. Due to poverty, the students are not able to afford extra tuitions to upgrade their education. We are providing free coaching to 120 students per year so that they can upgrade their quality of education and knowledge. 
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Jaipur Rugs Foundation - Weaving dreams

Jaipur Rugs Foundation - Weaving dreamsPreserving the age-old craft of hand-weaved carpets, Jaipur Rugs Foundation isworking tirelessly to generate a dignified and sustainable livelihood for artisans. AboutJRF was established in 2004 to create a society where equality, justice, and peace prevail through socio-economic development to provide opportunities for all, with the insurgent mission to serve as a social innovator promoting the cause of artisans (especially women) by providing them job opportunities in rural society. With the help of its sustainability programs, the foundation has turned craft into a tool for change and is working hard to achieve several UN development goals such as: no poverty, gender equality, decent work, economic growth and responsible consumption and production.Through its social programs, JRF has impacted 1,29,200 lives and provided livelihood to artisans in 600 villages, spread across five states. It has created 40,000 jobs directly and indirectly and empowered 41,605 rural women. Under its healthcare program, it has covered 28,287 people by providing access to healthcare. Overcoming the crisisIndia has millions of craftsmen who are engaged in traditional crafts that symbolise the cultural identity of the Indian civilisation. But these art forms are threatened by mechanised mass production, which is killing human creativity.To sustain this creative potential, JRF trains and nurtures artisans in remote villages across India and provides sustainable livelihood to them. It is constantly working towards eliminating the middlemen and ensuring fair wages for artisans and has managed to touch the lives of 40,000 artisans, of which 80 per cent are women. For the first time in their lives, these women are now financially empowered and improving the lives of their family. JRF is working towards making the handmade carpet industry a sustainable one. It also provides functional skills to artisans and village community members, and brings transformation by providing an understanding of health, hygiene, family life, education, and the environment. Creative social InnovationJRF has introduced the Artisan Originals (AO) or Manchaha initiative to tap into the available fashion from the villages of India. For the first time ever, weavers get to design their own rugs. It experiments with the originality of rural crafts people to nurture their creative potential, which is unexplored at the global stage. This collection has won numerous awards including the German Design Award, Elle Décor Award, Carpet Design Award (runners up), IF Design Award and the European Product Design Award. Through this initiative, rural men and women, with no education or just primary education, have stunned the world with original designs competing with professional designers and mega design houses on the global stage. This one of its kind social innovation has resulted in important transformations in the life of the weavers. It has renewed their passion for weaving, given them self-confidence and recognition in their own communities  Reaching behind the barsJRF has started another initiative to teach carpet weaving to jail inmates who are serving long sentences. The aim is to create sustainable livelihood for them so that they can support their families through it. The foundation is also helping in opening bank accounts for these prisoners so that they can receive the payment for their work directly in their accounts for the work they do. Skilled knowledge not only instills mindfulness in the inmates but also provides means of sustained livelihood. JRF works in five Indian states namely Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. It is supported by a core team of development professionals and field staff. In addition, interns and volunteers from premier academic institutions are constantly involved in spearheading special projects taken up by the foundation.  Other Initiatives:Education ProgrammeTo address illiteracy among marginalised women at the grassroots, this programme aims to provide basic functional literacy to illiterate artisans in rural villages, thereby making them self-sufficient.Health campsJaipur Rugs Foundation organises regular health camps and eye check-up programs for artisans and their communities and these camps are open to everyone in the area.Government linkagesJRF facilitates access to social welfare schemes run by the government such as artisan cards, financial inclusion schemes and Udyog Aadhar cards among others. It is also involved in increasing awareness about artisan rights and entitlements.
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This Government Advisors Duo is Creating a Youth Revolution in Public Policy Participation

Founding story Naman Shrivastava and Shatakshi Sharma had been working as strategic advisors at Quality Council of India, Government of India to make dent in the universe when Shatakshi moved to Hyderabad in April 2018 to start her business school journey at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.Less did they know that ISB, Hyderabad will help them sow seeds of their upcoming venture- Global Governance Initiative. The academic rigor and peaceful ISB campus allowed Shatakshi to sit back and reflect what else does she want from her professional life in addition to grabbing a covetous job of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on campus. Naman and Shatakshi brainstormed on multiple calls to realize that they both were fortunate to land the opportunity with Indian Government. However, many people are not skilled enough or have awareness about such roles with Government. To further expand the thought, in UPSC 2017 ~12 Lakh candidates registered for 800 seats. This clearly indicates that youth of India is motivated to contribute to nation's growth. However, due to lack of skills and opportunities (like limited seats in state service exams) candidates are unable to contribute productively.  Knowing India has dividend of 700 million youth- there is ample supply.  Moreover, their experience with the Government bureaucrats and Ministers showed there is new and huge demand for young talented people with popular examples being of state Chief Minister's fellowship programs- thus there is demand. Realizing this, Naman and Shatakshi further materialized the idea in form of organization and bootstrapped initial funding to Co-Found: Global Governance Initiative in July 2018. The inaugural Masterclass was held in New Delhi with support from Bharati Institute of Public Policy- Policy School of ISB as Shatakshi continued to also manage her academics.From there on, there was no looking back- the pilot helped them understand the power of both idea and impeccable execution. To further test and expand the idea, the founders moved bold to now host Masterclass in Boston at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy which witnessed participation by Harvard graduates, proving merit in the idea as well as capability of the founders to deliver such international Masterclass. That’s how Global Governance Initiative (GGI) came into existence and both Naman and Shatakshi define its role in society as - an impact up-skilling venture that engages in training global youth on policy and provides opportunity to work on Government of India initiatives. The Founders dream is to create a youth revolution in public policy participation in India.  The Masterclass Programme: The course was designed as Shatakshi tested her hypothesis real time while continuing her post graduate exchange semester at Harvard Business and The Fletcher School in Boston. She realized that internationally the schools are fantastic at teaching fundamentals of economics and business. However, the gap in practical skills for policy consulting still remains. If that's the scenario for top schools, one can easily imagine the scenario for others. This made the masterclass of GGI its core unique value proposition. To start with- the 8 hours intensive Masterclass is designed to go to cities rather than calling all the talent to one location. GGI’s Masterclass is taught by consultants with Indian Government, BCG, Bain & Company, Mckinsey & Co., World Bank and United Nations. They have studied at international institutes like ISB, INSEAD, Harvard, Fletcher, The John Hopkins, Yale etc. and have solved real problems first hand. They come and teach extremely practical policy cases ranging from healthcare, education, digital interventions to investments in consultant's structured driven style. The programme also comprises very practical skills such as networking and negotiations. The story doesn’t stop there, the top 5-10% of the class is also provided employment through their collaborators in the segment. Thus solving for both- skills and employment through GGI’s programme. Impact While Shatakshi conducted Masterclass in Boston, Naman further prepped the Indian market to conduct more Masterclasses at larger scale in India. In terms of impact, quantitatively GGI has ups-skilled 500 delegates at various Masterclasses ranging from St. Stephen’s College to ISB Hyderabad & IIFT New Delhi and provided selected 11 delegates fellowships through collaboration with Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB and Quality Council of India, Ministry of Commerce. Qualitatively, to narrate an anecdote- one fellow, who is 20, called Naman and Shatakshi the other day and expressed his gratitude how he is getting to apply his computer science skills while solving for Haryana’s policy concerns. That’s the level of deep satisfaction and impact we are creating. GGI Goals : 2 fold-Expand the reach to more Indian cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and impact 10X i.e. 5000 delegates and provide 100 more jobs in coming year. We also are planning to collaborate with more policy institutions and organizations on knowledge and employment front.   
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