MAMTALAYA: THE MODEL ANGANWADI CENTRES
India has one of the world’s maximum number of children suffering from malnutrition.
Biologically, women are more likely to be malnourished, especially when they undergo menstruation, pregnancy, or lactation. Lack of consumption of iron and proper nutrients by the mother during pregnancy leads to anaemia that increases the risk of her death during and after birth. The children of malnourished women are more likely to have poorer mental and physical development, higher rates of disease and infection, and are more likely to die in childhood.
Due to deficiency of food and improper health facilities, the maternal mortality rates are rising at an alarming rate. However, malnutrition is not just dependent on calorie intake or low nutrient diets but also on insufficient sanitization that cause infection-borne deficiencies and impairs growth. It has resulted in a stunting impact in majority of new-born children due to which they suffer from mental and physical developmental delay with absence of proper nutrition and immunity.
Moreover, the absence of pre-schooling is responsible for school dropouts especially in the rural areas that has led to an increase in the burden of malnutrition and poverty.
Hence, upgradation of existing Anganwadi centres is a very good way to combat hunger and malnutrition. Anganwadi is a rural set up for the child health care centre in the Indian villages. They were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. Anganwadi not only works for the health of women and children but also aims at working for the holistic development of the child especially in the ages of 0-6 years, including preschool education, child rights, gender equality and broadly for community participation and community development. This set up also reduces mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropouts and helps the pregnant and lactating mothers and children with nutritional food and proper health check-ups.
KHUSHALAYA – THE HAPPINESS CENTRE
This project aims to ameliorate the standard of education in our country. Proper education stands out as a pillar for a concrete society. Therefore, every citizen holds the right to seek quality education. With the speeding technological world, there are many such schools in India who do not have access to quality education and the reasons for that are several.
In a unit of ‘Khushaalaya’, we provide- Smart Cass (1 Unit), Computer Set (3 Unit), Library (1 Unit – 200 books with one shelf), MHM Library (1 Unit), Solar Power Backup- Inverter, battery, solar PV etc., BALA (Building as Learning Assistance) of the classroom, basic amenities i.e. whiteboard, table, chairs, mike system with the speaker will be provided.
With Khushaalaya we help you uplift your infrastructure through building the boundaries and initiation of modern school classrooms. There would be installation of drinking water coolers, as it is a primary need, because students get to spend almost seven to eight hours a day in the school. An MHM Chaachi box will be placed in the library where the students can seek some light regarding menstrual hygiene management. Books related to subjects other than their syllabus will be provided in the libraries. Reading of non-syllabus books will help them in improving overall perspective. We also provide access to digital education, thereby giving you the platform to uplift your medium of learning. We will be providing a solar power backup that ensures availability of electricity. Hence, with Khushaalaya you get all the basic facilities that have been standing as major hurdles. Through this project, Team Motive8 will guide you to overcome all the drawbacks so that you can enlighten your students for an amazing future.
With the change in time, major changes in the development have been taking place in the fields of education and technology. Technology has been brought up to revolutionize the traditional classroom teaching process in India. But unfortunately, these advancements have just limited themselves to urban textured spaces. The rural greens of the country still don’t have access to the touch of digital learning in today’s time. This results in some issues which the educational institutions in these places go through such as low attendance and low PTR (pupil-teacher ratio).
Thus, to bridge this gap and make learning more interactive and a bit different from the traditional method, digital learning should also reach the classrooms of rural areas. Team Motive8 has come forward with the concept of Solar Smartaalaya to upgrade the existing classrooms of the school to Smart Classroom where children get an environment of interactive learning with the help of audio-visual learning resources.
Considering different sizes of classrooms, there are three versions of the product i.e. Super, Maxim and Mini. Furthermore, to combat the problem of unavailability of electricity in most of the rural schools, we have also integrated our product with the solar power back-up facility.
It also has a minimal power requirement and doesn’t need continuous availability of the internet to be operated. The operator just has to fetch content from the cloud once in a month and hence internet requirement is the bare minimum.
MHM CHAACHI (AUNT) LIBRARY
Menstruation is a phenomenon that is very less talked about and menstrual hygiene is something that people talk about even less. We believe in creating an environment that values and supports women’s ability to manage their menstruation with dignity. Menstrual hygiene should be more than just access to sanitary pads and proper toilets. Therefore, Motive8 Services introduce MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management) Chaachi at schools.
MHM Chaachi in school libraries provide IEC (Information, Education & Communication) cum guide toolbox that contains multiple MHM learning resources like comics, booklets, articles etc. and some sample pieces of menstrual absorbents i.e.menstrual cup, reusable sanitary tampons, pads along with a guidebook.
Through this, not only girls receive proper awareness, but also learn the right ways to manage menstrual hygiene. This setting encourages everyone to fearlessly speak about menstruation, manage menstrual hygiene and understand the utter normalcy of the process. Additionally, it also reduces school dropouts, promotes hygienic practices and shortens the urban-rural division which in turn helps in overcoming the social stigma.
STEM GURU- A MINI SCIENCE LAB
Being enthusiastic about delivering certain changes in the space of education, team Motive8 has come up with STEMGuru. It will be a specially designed toolkit for the schools that will be carrying few important amenities. These amenities will compensate for the need of a science laboratory. Installation of STEMGuru will help in answering many curiosity-based questions raised by the students. Team Motive8 assures to be building an effective education method in schools and making it easy for the students to be getting more skilled.
Overall development of students: With the induction of a mini science lab the students get the overall knowledge about what they study as theory. There are several times that students don’t understand what they read but when they practically see and do the experiments they understand better.
Arises interest among students: The initiation of mini science lab arises interest among the students towards studies. They will start taking keen interest for the science subjects that they usually difficult or are uninterested. They will not only enjoy but also learn in their best interests.
Increase in attendance: This mini lab installation in the classes will also increase the attendance in the classroom. The students finding it interesting and enjoyable learning will also increase their regularity in school.
Raising teaching standards: The teaching standards will increase as the teachers will be given proper training to impart their knowledge among the students to make their studies interesting. This will also increase the quality of education among the students for future improvements.
- It will provide quality education to the students.
- It will enhance efficient practice of practical implementation of the theoretical concepts.
- Build the students for long run competitions.
- Over-all development of the students.
- Raising the teaching standards of the teachers.
- Increasing the interest of students in their curriculum in the government schools.
Model Kasturba-A Transformed KGBV School
Through ‘Model Kasturba’ project, it aim to transform existing Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) school into Model KGBVS through our 360 degrees approach which covers multiple steps i.e. Improvement in infrastructure, enhancing teaching methodology, capacity building of teachers and staffs, monitoring and advocacy, empowerment etc.
The project emphasizes on the overall development of the of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya school by initiating various steps that includes improvement in infrastructure, enhancing teaching methodology, capacity building of teachers and staffs, monitoring and advocacy, empowerment etc.
Infrastructural Development: Development of the already existing infrastructure is very important in order to make it a model-learning place for the girls. Keeping in mind the sanitation, toilets will be properly and hygienically maintained. There will be recreational centres for the girls as well and the school building will be in itself a safer and healthier place for studying and other activities like sports, dance, etc.
Capacity Building of the Teachers and Staffs: The capacity building of the teachers will be enhanced, as the teachers who till now have been teaching in the traditional methods will be trained for the model teaching style. Training to the teachers in regular intervals will be given. It is very important to do so, because once the teacher comprehends the modern teaching style, they will let the students to understand the context in a much better way.
Enhancing teaching methodology: Enhancement of teaching methodology is one of the most essential developments that will be initiated. All the modern tools and techniques will be used for better understanding of the students. Modern technologies like smart class, modern science labs etc. It will help the students to augment their skills and grow better.
Monitoring and Advocacy: Regular monitoring and advocacy will be done to keep a track on the improvements and growth of the students. It is a very important activity to find the loopholes so that corrections will be done immediately to ensure the smooth progress of the studies for all the students. It will also attract new opportunities and different prospects where new initiatives will be taken.
Empowerment: Empowerment of women is one on the topmost priority list. It is very important to help the girls know about their basic rights and powers. Empowerment of girls will be done on a compulsory and non-negotiable basis. They will be made physically as well as mentally very strong and empowered.
- Improvement in the quality of education of the girls from the vulnerable part of our society.
- Socio economic development of the society.
- Improvement in the book reading habits of the girls
- Improve the employability index of girls of underprivileged groups of society.
- Development of the aesthetic values of the girls.
- There will be less dependency on conventional energy resources and smooth functioning of classes in the presence of a continuous supply of power through solar PVs.
AI based irrigation system- Monitoring farm through satellite
The project idea of ‘AI Based Irrigation System’ has been conceptualised to overcome numerous difficulties faced by an Indian farmer. Most of the farmers lack access to information and education that can aid them in taking right agricultural decisions. With limited information they end up exploiting their farmlands by over irrigation and excessive fertilizer consumption, in turn this increases overall agriculture cost and puts an economically stressed farmer under further stress. Every year thousands of farmers commit suicide because of these situations.
Enhancement of agricultural knowledge: With the application of the AI based Irrigation System that will help farmers monitor the farm through satellite. This will enhance the existing knowledge as well as let them know the unknown and undiscovered facts about farming. It will not only help them to get the knowledge but also make them take correct decisions for irrigation and optimum utilization of fertilizers.
Optimum utilization of water: The proper knowledge of irrigation will help the farmers to utilise water optimally. This will help them to conserve water and contribute towards the sustainable development. This initiative will not only be for an individual level but also contribute towards maintaining the ecosystem as well as save our environment.
Improvement in the economic status: This initiative will help the farmers to know about how efficiently they have to consume the fertilizers and save their farms from acute damage and infertility. It will also help them to curtail their over expenditure on pesticides and other fertilizers and increase their savings. These will ultimate result in the improvement of the economic status of the farmers and decrease in the farmer’s suicide due to extra cost inputs.
Indication of weather at farm level: This advanced technology will help the farmers to identify the climatic conditions so as to make sure that the time is or will be good in future for cultivation. This will be a boon to the farmers whose crops get damaged due to climatic conditions.
Monitor health of land and plants: It will help the farmers to identify the type of soil and their suitability and fertility for cultivation. It will also help them to monitor the level of phosphorus and nitrogen in the soil and how much is the requirement. It will help to identify the moisture level of soil and suitability for the plants growth.
- Water conservation
- Sustainable development
- Improved economic status
- Reduction in farmers suicide
- Knowledge enhancement of the farmers
A. Men 4 Menstruation Campaign:‘Men 4 Menstruation Campaign’ is an initiative of ‘Motive8 Trust’ under which a group of men, inspired and supported by women, has come forward to fight against ‘Period Poverty’. We are driving this campaign to ensure availability of Menstrual Hygiene Management’ (MHM) awareness and facilities to all the menstruators, irrespective of their socio-economic and geographic positions.
Through this campaign, we are aiming to bring in a revolution, post to which ‘menstruation’ will no more be a taboo subject, and menstruator will have enough access to informed and sustainable choices to manage their menstrual health. The name in itself describes that engagement of men in creating awareness about the issue is the distinctive fact of our campaign. We believe that it’s not only difficult but impossible to overcome societal silence over the issue, until and unless men get sensitized.
The campaign is an amalgamation of several activities such as:
- Digital Campaign a digital drive to add weight to our mission and vision and create synergy digitally. We will get people mobilized with our idea and make them join our campaign digitally, to spread our message in mass.
- Signature Campaign A campaign engaging government departments and institutions (private and public) making all their members taking ‘Menstruation Pledge’ and signing for ‘Men 4 Menstruation Campaign’, followed by ‘High-Tea’ discussion about ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’ awareness as well as facilities.
- Workshop An awareness workshop on ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’ covers multiple aspects such as nutrition, tracking menstruation cycle, myth-busting, awareness about MHM products, physiology of menstruation, hygiene, and taking care during the period. The session ends with ‘Question-Answer’ round. ds with ‘Question
- MHM Chaachi: ‘MHM Chaahchi (Aunt)’ is a Menstrual Hygiene Management guide cum toolbox that contains IEC materials, comics with information related to menstruation. It also comes up with samples of MHM products like biodegradable reusable sanitary napkins, menstrual cups, tampons along with a guidebook for using them properly. The toolbox, usually designed for schools, also works as a ‘Pad-Bank’. We are on a mission to get as many schools equipped with our ‘MHM Chaachi’ box.
- Distribution Drive: Under the campaign, we are running a drive to distribute sustainable menstrual hygiene products i.e. reusable sanitary napkin and menstrual cups among underprivileged
- Period Friendly Toilet: Lack of MHM awareness and facilities is still the biggest reason behind girl students dropping out from schools, on hitting puberty. Access to the toilet is a crucial element when we talk about the availability of MHM facilities. We are hence upgrading the existing toilet into a ‘Period Friendly Toilet’ by adding required accessories and amenities to the existing toilets.
B. Operation Whiteboard:The project idea has been conceptualized so as to assure‘Freedom from Chalk Dust’ to the students and teachers in the schools. The idea is to replace existing blackboards with whiteboards in the classrooms.
- Chalk Dust: The dust coming out from the usage of chalk on blackboards is hazardous to the eyes and skin of the teachers and students. Chalkdust also leads to a problem of breathlessness in students and teachers. Installation of whiteboard will drive this problem away.
- Dull Visibility & Student’s Focus: After a certain period of usage, blackboards get dull and it becomes too difficult for attracting student’s focus on the blackboard for the desired duration.
- Comfort during teaching: whiteboards provide an option of using multi-colour markers, which makes it easier for teachers to explain during lecturing.
- Livelihood: ink to be used in markers is planned to be produced by involving local SHGs. This will open the gateway of livelihood opportunities for the local SHG members.
- Freedom from Chalk Dust: whiteboards save children and teachers from chalk dust which is too harmful to the respiratory system and eyes.
- Better Visibility: the students can visualize writing over whiteboard any day better than that on blackboards.
- Check on soil degradation: this will protect soil from harmful chalk dust, which on getting disposed to the soil affects its fertility.
- Can be used as a Screen: unlike blackboards, whiteboards can also be used as a screen for projecting any videos and presentations through projectors.
C. Mamtalaya- The Model Anganwadi Centres
This project aims to upgrade existing Aanganwadi Centres(AWCs) i.e. Nutrition delivery Centre into Model AWCs by ensuring the availability of basic amenities and facilities in the centre.
- Learning with BALA: With ‘Building as a Learning Assistance’ concept, the walls, and ceiling of the classroom does not only look attractive but also become informative with lot of the knowledge charts/paintings running over the walls.
- Improved Attendance: Availability of furniture i.e. table and chair, solar-powered lights & fan, whiteboard, and toys don’t only make kid’s presence in the centre comfortable but also
- Better Hygiene: availability of Handwash Units, drinking water access with pump, adequate utensils ensure better hygiene for kids
Minor Repair: repair of damaged plasters and minor construction makes centre safe and hazard free for kids, and also appears more friendly to kids.
- Rise in children’s attendance in Anganwadi Centres
- Reduction in malnutrition cases due to rise in children’s attendance
- Improvement in the nutrition status of children
- Better cognitive development of children
D. KHUSHALAYA – THE HAPPINESS CENTRE
Under ‘Khushaalaya’ we aim to upgrade existing school to model school by ensuring the availability of several facilities such as libraries, computer, technology-equipped digital learning solution (with class wise audiovisual learning resources), MHM Library, solar power back-up facilities, decoration, and beautification etc.
In a unit of ‘Khushaalaya’, Smart Cass (1 Unit), Computer Set (1 Unit), Library (1 Unit – 200 books with one shelve), MHM Library (1 Unit), Solar Power Backup- Inverter, battery, solar PV, etc., BALA of the classroom, basic amenities i.e. whiteboard, table, chairs, mike system with the speaker will be provided
- Digital Learning Resources: a digital learning solution with a library of audio-visual learning resources make it easy for the teacher to teach using such resources. Such resources have also been proven as the most useful teaching resources by researchers by educationists.
- Learning with BALA: With ‘Building as a Learning Assistance’ concept, the walls, and ceiling of the classroom does not only look attractive but also become informative with a lot of the knowledge charts/paintings running over the walls.
- Reading Habits: a library setup with around 200 books is very useful to inculcate the habit of book reading among students and also gives them a chance to learn beyond their general curriculum books.
- Solar Power Backup: Generally rural schools either stay disconnected with the electricity or face an acute shortage of electricity during school hours. The availability of a solar power backup system removes the dependency of the classroom on electricity from the grid and keeps it always ready for the students.
- Computer Literacy: availability of computers and a virtual classroom setup enables the student to learn operating computers.
- Basic Amenities:a whiteboard, table, chair (2), mike system with the speaker are also provided so as to make learning interesting, comfortable and interactive process keeping entertainment as a part of the teaching process.
- Improved learning outcome of students in government schools
- Improved student’s attendance percentage in governments schools
- Introduction of the practice of data-driven teaching methodology in government schools
- Book reading habits among students through the library.
- Less dependency on conventional energy resources and smooth functioning of classes in the presence of continuous supply of power through solar PVs.
E. Solar Smartshala
In association with our technical partner, we came up with the product ‘Solar Smartshala’ under which upgrade the exiting classrooms of the school to Smart Classroom where children get an environment of interactive learning with the help of audio-visual learning resources. Considering different sizes of classrooms, we have come up with the three versions of the product i.e. Super, Maxim, and Mini. Further, to come over the problem of unavailability of electricity in most of the rural schools, we have also integrated our product with the solar power back-up facility.
- Smart Classroom Equipment: LED TV, Hurrey Smart Class Box
- Solar PV Panel, Inverter, Battery, Controller etc.
- Operation Expense: Subscription of Smart Class Package for one year and one-year handholding support.
- Basic Accessories for the Classroom: White Board, LED Lights, IEC Materials, Curtain
- Improved learning outcome of students in government schools
- Introduction of the concept of feedback loop model – teaching tool in government schools
- Improved student’s attendance percentage in governments schools
- Introduction of the practice of data-driven teaching methodology in government schools
F. MHM Chaachi (Aunt) Library
The project idea has been conceptualised so as to overcome societal silence over menstruation issue and create awareness about Menstrual Hygiene Management practices. The idea is to install IEC (Information, Education & Communication) cum guide toolbox in school libraries which will contain multiple MHM learning resources i.e. comics, booklets, articles etc. Apart from that, a sample piece of menstrual absorbents i.e. menstrual cup, reusable sanitary, tampons pad along with the guidebook will be also available within the box.
According to a 2014 report by the NGO Dasra titled Spot On!, it was found that nearly 23 million girls drop out of school annually due to lack of proper menstrual hygiene management facilities, which include the availability of sanitary napkins and logical awareness of menstruation. Concurrently, the report also states that 70 percent of mothers with menstruating daughters considered menstruation as dirty and 71 percent of adolescent girls remained unaware of menstruation till menarche (the first occurrence of menstruation).
Menstruation is an everyday reality for millions of women and girls across the country. A natural biological process, which should dignify girls and women, has become a subject of shame that is seldom discussed, steeped in various myths surrounding menstruation. The silence around menstruation needs to be broken: not only by addressing the practical issues of menstrual hygiene management (MHM), but also by creating a supportive environment to empower girls and women. This can be done by providing information about their bodies, and destigmatising the issue of menstruation.
- Overcoming Social Stigma: availability of MHM Chaachi box in school’s libraries will negate the notion of considering menstruation as a social taboo.
- Availability of Information about MHM: IEC tool and educational materials available inside the box will ensure availability of information related to Menstrual Hygiene Management within students.
- Reduces School Dropouts: around 23 million girl students drop out of schools annually in India due to a lack of MHM awareness and facilities. 70% mothers with menstruating daughters consider menstruation as dirty and 71 percent of adolescent girls remained unaware of menstruation till menarche. In 63 percent of rural schools, teachers never discuss menstruation and how to deal with that properly.
- Promote Hygienic Practices: Only 2-3% of women in rural India are estimated to use sanitary napkins. This results in unhygienic practices during the menstrual cycle, such as filling up old socks with sand and tying them around waists, or taking up old pieces of cloth and using them (also re-uses the same cloth without washing and drying properly), or use fly-ash to get menstrual blood absorbed. Such methods increase the chances of infection and hinder the day-to-day task of a woman during her period. Roughly 120 million menstruating adolescents in India experience menstrual dysfunctions, affecting their normal daily chores. Nearly 60,000 cases of cervical cancer deaths are reported every year from India, two-third of which are due to poor menstrual hygiene.
- Shorten Urban-Rural Divide: In urban areas, girls have easy access to information pertaining to menstrual hygiene on their mobile phones and television sets while this is not the case in rural areas. This initiative has been taken not only to create awareness about maintaining proper hygiene during menstruation but also includes health-related issues because of unhygienic conditions