Compiled By: Kartikey Srivastava & Perzen Patel
This week on our roundup we feature an East-India educational institute that is providing education for over 18000 tribal children as well as Harvard and Stanford graduate, Jane Chen speaking about her company that keeps infants warm. In addition, we have an interview with innovation supporter, Sam Pitroda followed finally by the work STIR is doing to reform education in India.
Poverty in India gets a lot of attention in the media. But these organisations tend to leave out the situation that low-income tribal people in central and eastern India, whose needs have been ignored for decades. However, Achyuta Samanta, founder of The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is trying to make a difference.
Founded in 1993, KISS has provided knowledge to over 18000 children. ‘The children who come here to study are stricken with poverty and illiteracy, and their parents themselves have not had much of an education. My goal is to eradicate poverty through education and bring them into the mainstream,’ says Dr. Samanta. Read the full article to be inspired.
Jane Marie Chen, Founder of Embrace Innovations – they sell low-cost infant warmers for low-birth-weight and premature babies in developing nations – talks about her journey as an entrepreneur in India.
She talks about how the lack of established infrastructure, or distributors or even medical protocols has forced Embrace to become very entrepreneurial. Her biggest on-ground lesson - just because there is a need, as demonstrated by the numbers, it doesn’t mean there is a demand for your product.
Innovation has different meanings around the world. In Western countries while innovation is largely talked about in terms of expensive tech products, in developing countries, people innovate all the time out of necessity. The Indian government’s innovation guru, Sam Pitroda shares his thoughts on policymaking in a developing economy and why public services should go back to basics.
Talking about what governments worldwide can learn from India, Pitroda says, “The main lesson would be trying to solve the problems of the poor, and focusing on affordability. We have to learn the lesson that things cannot be very high cost, because then fewer and fewer people have access to them”.
It is extremely easy to feel gloomy about teachers in India – absenteeism, reading newspapers rather than teaching and teachers chatting away in the staffroom is an extremely common scenario. This is where the work of Schools and Teachers Innovating for Results (STIR) comes into focus.
STIR identifies tests and scales micro-innovations – filming teacher sessions, letters to teachers and beyond – that can have a positive impact on a child’s education. STIR is now building on the enthusiasm amongst teachers during their micro-innovation search to further increase motivation and interest in effective practice. Evidence shows that this kind of collaborative approach to professional development is highly effective, not just in terms of student outcomes, but also in terms of confidence and self-efficacy.
A year in a STIR network will, we hope, help teachers take the first step toward quality-consciousness and the development of skills required to lead change.
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