In the news
We got covered in The Golden Sparrow, a weekly newspaper published on Saturdays. The newspaper was on the lookout to find out if there were any projects who were working to improve the public education system. We were glad to talk to them and give them insight into our philosophy and system.
While we were going about implementing the system in Talegaon-Dabhade Nagar Parishad schools (the wonderful folks of the Nagar Parishad gave us a chance to implement The Wise Buddha learning system there), the elections hit the state. Now, we all know how the public education goes for a toss with teachers being called for training and election duties. The children basically do nothing in the school, which decreases their motivation to come to the school even further. The result is usually sparsely populated schools during this time.
But, Talegaon-Dabhade Nagar Parishad schools were different. Yes, teachers were absent for a few days, but the attendance of the students remained to be the same – nearly a 100%. Children were learning, and enthusiastically asking for the learning material which we had provided them. Two of our Wise Buddies (field people) were distributing sheets daily in all the 7 schools. And the system was running at almost the same speed as any other normal day.
This, somehow, came to the notice of the most prominent newspaper daily of Pune – Sakal. A reporter from the Pimpri-Chinchwad area visited the schools there and found out that what they had heard was actually true. Digging deeper he found out why schools in Talegaon-Dabhade were running smoothly. And, that is when he contacted Mrs. Arpita Karkarey, to find out more about The Wise Buddha learning system. Mrs. Karkarey told him all about the thought process, and details of the implementation process. This got written up in a very nice article, and was published in the main supplement of the Pimpri-Chinchwad area. That was a great achievement for us, as we got a tremendous response from that article. Our team got many phone calls, and we were told that more than 150 people actually visited the schools to see what was happening.
Not only that, the government took notice too. Mrs. Karkarey was invited to multiple forums where she shared her views and results from Talegaon. In this process, she found a lot of similar thinking people who joined our team to deliver effective content. We are sure that we will get more such opportunities in the coming days, and hope to spread the effort in more locations in the next few months.