I had come back from U.S. to live in Bangalore for one year. One day I took a walk to the neighborhood government school with a few children from the next door construction site I had befriended. While there were many challenges I noticed that the teachers were facing, I was most struck with the fact that there was no such thing as a lunch program for the school children - neither provided by parents nor by the schools and this was so in all the schools across the State. While I was touched by the aspirations of parents to want to send their children to schools, I was pained that there was no support system for the children. This would resonate for many days and Children's LoveCastles Trust was founded to formally engage with the school system. CLT launched the first Mid-day meal program in government schools in Karnataka State and continued with many schools till it became a State-run program.
I joined CLT in 2008 as a Pedagogy Resource. In 2013, I took up the responsibility of Co-Ordinator of the Clubhouse. The following year, I flew to Boston for my training, where we explored the software such as Photoshop, Falsh, Premier Pro, After Effects, Coral Draw and many more. I started training my Clubhouse Students with the same softwares and we used to upload those projects to Clubhouse Village Network and we became the top up-loader and remained so for 8 months. In 2014 we started ‘Makey Makey’, i.e., connecting coded mini circuits to leaves for producing piano sounds. For 3 consecutive years since 2015, my students’ works were featured in the Clubhouse Calendar. In 2014, I flew back to Boston with two of my students for Teen Summit where the kids had an interactive time and all the knowledge exchange that happened was transformed back to the Clubhouse.
In 2015, Gail Breslow, Director of Clubhouse Network visited our Clubhouse in Jakkur and spent a week sharing her experience and knowledge. Till date, over 1000 students have gained significant and relevant computer knowledge though our Clubhouse and we have uploaded 1315 projects to the network - shared worldwide.
Intel Computer Clubhouse Network- ICCN model was awarded to CLT in 2002. THE ONLY CLUBHOUSE IN INDIA. The ICCN was in partnership with Boston Museum of Sciences, MIT Media Lab. It was a mentor - driven after school center for underserved youth in over 100 countries world over, funded by Intel. This model won the Peter Drucker's award for best learning model to inspire dis-engaged youth to continue their studies! Clubhouse creates a safe after-school learning environment where kids explore with technology and build on their own ideas with peers and mentors. The research reflects that the confidence they gain here keeps them in schools longer with an aspiration to go higher.
Almost every 2 years, 2-3 youth from the surrounding villages of Jakkur have had the opportunity to attend a global tech-summit in Boston. Almost all of them have pursued their college education and more than half of them have been girls in IT and technology. They have had full college scholarship till Masters' Degrees with the support of ICCN and CLT International Foundation.
My journey with CLt
As pedagogy must, my work's focus was to maintain familiarity and simplification of teaching methodology; making difficult subjects easily understandable, creating interest and motivating students to work towards academic excellence. As a result of my work at CLT, I won the 'Excellence in Teaching Award' from Pearson, from a pool of 2000 applicants. This was a professional milestone for me :)
Since 2013, we have been conducting Teacher Training program to help teachers deliver effectively and confidently in the classroom for teachers with rich resource - e-content. Over the course of this program, we've directly interacted with 10,000 and helped them deliver better.
In 2016, we launched a teacher’s interaction group by the name, Teacher’s Gupshup, available on chat platforms WhatsApp and Telegram. This group was created with a sole intention of fostering informal interaction among teachers to discuss ideas on effective methodologies on teaching. Teachers across multiple states use this program.
As a non core activity and to create interest and curiosity amongst students in the fields of science and mathematics, we developed over 100 STEM experiments. Large corporates, through their volunteer programs, create these experiments which we later distribute to schools. We've reached-
Number of Schools: 73
Number of Students: 14,600
Number of Experiments: 30
It's been a rewarding journey at CLT!
Lead - Pedagogy
reaching those with special needs
We have done many Teacher’s Training from our organization. One of my best experience has been at Shri. B. D. T. Residential School for Deaf & Dumb at Laxmeshwar, Gadag District. It is an aided private school. The teachers were very happy with our content and learning methodology, because the content has the animations, graphics, highlighted keywords, videos, activities and experiments in helping students with special needs to comprehend better and grab their attention. This visual aid learning method helped those children as they were hearing impaired. The teachers were happy to find this kind of resource which could help them in achieving classroom objectives and learning outcomes. They appreciated CLT’s efforts and provided all the facilities for training.
Sr Digital Resource
Sr Digital Resource
Scaling in Karnataka and rajasthan
My journey at CLT began in January 2009 on digital content development, this content was delivered to schools through DVDs. I visited schools in the Nelamangala cluster of Bangalore and trained teachers and children how to use it. I also visited various rural parts of Karnataka of which Raichur district was the first. My team and I interacted with many children and trained many teachers in 10 schools in different villages of Raichur. During the evolution of our E-Content platform I got a chance to work and be a part of the Online Teaching Model , the Flash Content and the latest Android Mini PC. Through this evolution, I visited various schools across Karnataka for teacher training and the experience and learning has been immensely rich. We’ve encountered problems but we’ve overcome those problems with joint efforts. Today we're in over 2500 schools in Karnataka
Towards the end of 2016, we entered Rajasthan. I was surprised by the way our program was received and how it was made a part of their daily time table. We visited these schools during vacations yet, the Headmasters and other Teachers came to the schools to facilitate us. We encountered issues and ran late through the evenings during few installations but the teachers were cooperative and remained with us through this time. Our team has built immense capability to develop an entire hardward-software suite for the e-Patashale program within 18 months which takes some companies years to build :) - through this we are able to sell-and-service leads throughout the country.
I am also evaluating leads for Africa - and am thrilled at the global prospects for 2018!
Sr Associate - IT Alliances
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