At the most basic level, writing is empowering which truly begins with a pencil and paper. Vidya Gyan was surprised and saddened that children in their networked rural government schools were not writing much. Why? Because, at least in part, the children had limited or no access to notebook, pencil, and eraser. The Pencil to Power initiative is the recognition of the fact that the skill of writing is as critical as speaking, reading, and listening for the holistic development of children in grades 1-5.
STS has two major objectives: provide some level of financial security through incremental savings and empower the girl child through education. Vidya Gyan is promoting a special savings account for girls under 10 years of age (Sukanya Samridhi account; SSA) which serves both objectives and more.
Vidya Gyan has visited several dozen rural government primary schools in the past 3 years. Infrastructure is often dilapidated, no furniture for children, playground is a rarity, the libraries are almost non-existent and the teaching and learning aids are in short supply. Vidya Gyan’s “Adopt a School” initiative is aimed at making select schools more conducive to learning by providing resources.
The creative side of human brain and the imagination have no boundaries if allowed to flourish under proper guidance. Perhaps, the creativity among children can be directed in meaningful learning experiences more readily because their imagination, by and large, is not yet coloured by outside influences. As a subset of Pencil to Power, our goal under this initiative is to bring out the creative side of children who have unlimited potential but limited opportunity and perhaps no tools.
We are a registered 501 (c) (3) organization with the goal to empower youth in rural and suburban areas in India through education, health, and overall well-being. Our EIN is 47-2172026.
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