December 19, 2017



In the race of development, we all are too focused on machines i.e. the big, known issues, ignoring the needles- the most important basic needs.  At GOONJ our focus is this needles.- With a large scale civic participation it is not only becoming a big people’s movement for development but is also creating a parallel economy where every work doesn’t have to wait for money; huge quantities of old re-usable material becomes a valuable resource. Over the last decade, a parallel economy which is not CASH based but TRASH based is emerging. GOONJ has reached parts of 22 states in partnership with over 250 grass-roots organizations, Ashoka Fellows, social activists & social movements.

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Our mission is two-fold: to empower young people to build thriving, sustainable careers and to provide employers with the highly-skilled motivated talent they need. We have a skills-training methodology that we believe can serve hundreds of thousands—and eventually millions—of unemployed and underemployed young people a year. And we’re proving that this training creates real business value for employers and lasting career impact for participants—so everyone has the incentive to invest in skills.

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Teach For India (TFI) is a non-profit organisation that is a part of the Teach For All network. The Fellowship recruits college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Teach For India is striving to end the problem of educational inequity in India and provide an excellent education to all children.

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IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Limited (IL&FS Skills) is a joint venture between IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited (IL&FS Education) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The setting up of IL&FS Skills in 2011 was triggered by the increasing demand for trained manpower for the jobs created in various sectors. From being a pilot programme offered for textile sector, today it is one of India’s largest vocational training company with a goal to train 4 million people by 2022 through a network of 300 + institutes of skills on hub the and spoke model.

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At loop education foundation we believe that to give an excellent education to our children, first, the direct stakeholders (Teachers, Parents and School Leaders) giving the education needs to be empowered. With this intent, we are working towards “creating high performing ecosystem of schools in low-income communities by empowering the direct stakeholders” Currently we are working on school improvement with our first cluster of 5 budget private schools in Hyderabad.

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With a passion for teaching, we have always reflected and debated on the purpose of education, and state of the current education system. Children lack the clarity, confidence and support system to move towards the path of realizing their potential. Unless we make learning relevant to the real world, they will not possess the skills, tools and mindsets needed to be impactful individuals in the 21st century. We call this gap the Story of Unrealized Potential. To bridge this, We are designing and implementing innovative scalable solutions to shift the learning experience of adolescents so that they have a choice and a voice in their own education.

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About 10 years ago, the idea of a farm was born. Rachna, an educationist, & Dinesh, an IT professional, being in Bangalore resolved to return to the hills for building a sustainable living based on natural and organic farming. It took 6-7 years to give shape to the idea – scouting for a place, building a house and infrastructure etc, and eventually, farming became operational about 3 years ago. A key objective for us is to live off the land if we eat what we produce and depend on the outside world only for things that we cannot grow. While there is some distance to go to meet this objective, we believe we are on the right path. We continue to plant a number of trees on the property as well as surrounding areas & meet our irrigation requirements via water harvesting. One day we hope to become a showcase for organic farming to the farmers of the region and encourage them to adopt it.

Aavishkaar – is a program to make high-quality Science and Math accessible and easily understandable to all, especially to our under-served communities in a language they understand. We make science a hands-on experience with experiments and projects. Our aim is to nurture a scientific way of thinking for students & educators alike. Our strengths are conceptual knowledge, experiential learning and engaging classrooms. We are based out of Palampur, Himachal.

Sahjivan Eco Farms is an Eco habitat engaged in activities focused on climate change mitigation. This is done by means of adopting sustainable technologies like Eco construction, natural farming, water conservation, etc. It has Farmed at two location in Himachal, one at Kinnaur and one near Solan. We have the capacity to host four families. We can host workshops on sustainable/self-reliant living for 15 participants (residential). We use composting toilets only. To reach the Solan farm one has to walk 600 meters downhill, and Kinnaur farm is just by the road.

Samarthya empowers parents in low-income communities to ensure quality education for the children studying in Government schools. Samarthya aims to improve quality of government schools by fostering parent leaders. Samarthya works with School Management Committee (SMC) parent members to ensure implementation of Right To Education in public schools of India. Samarthya has been working with 14 SMCs across Delhi. Please feel free to use only a part of the write- up as well.
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