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Government School Children Display Innovative Prototypes at ‘Innovation Carnival’

~ Over 800 children to go to the 4-day carnival being held at the Nehru Center in Worli from the 22nd- 25th of January ~

Bangalore based Agastya International Foundation is an Indian education trust and non-profit organization that has been running a 1 of its kind program with government schools in Maharashtra for on the brink of 3 months. The program encouraged underprivileged students to make solutions for issues around them and therefore the prototypes of an equivalent were on display at the Innovation Carnival. Mr. Ramji Raghavan, Chairperson, Agastya International Foundation, Ms. Ruchi Khemka, Head – CSR, Deutsche Bank India and Ms. Gayatri Nair Lobo, COO, A.T.E. Chandra Foundation were special guests at the carnival inauguration.

The Innovation Carnival may be a culmination of the 3-month program initiated by the Agastya Foundation. The organisation has created innovation buses referred to as ‘Banao Buses’ to place innovative ideas on wheel and take them from school to high school . The program focuses on sparking ideas and innovation within underprivileged children by providing them with information and a replacement way of thinking. Students are trained to spot problems and innovate solutions with a design thinking approach. Throughout the course of the program, students are encouraged and guided to make prototypes of their own which were showcased at the Innovation Carnival.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ramji Raghavan, Chairperson, Agastya International Foundation said, “We are extremely elated to finally put the protypes created by these bright children on display. Agastya has worked with over 20 million children in 20 states, but this concept of the Banao Bus may be a first and has only been implemented in Maharashtra thus far . We realise that providing children with a replacement perspective and giving them the means to make their ideas can make an enormous difference for the scholars and also our society. We use stories to motivate the scholars and trigger innovations which has instilled self-confidence in them. We are pleased with every child that has partaken during this program and hope to inspire even more students through the Innovation Carnival”

Students participating within the carnival are from schools in Vashi, Belapur, Airoli, Nerul among others. The Carnival are going to be visited by about 800 students from different schools on each of the four days. aside from the scholar exhibits, the carnival also will host 14 STEAM-based exhibits to assist visiting students create a replacement and much more sustainable Earth along side workshops on design thinking, art etc.

1 comment:

  1. woow, that bicycle with square tier is really innovative