Millions of children from low-income and underprivileged homes find it difficult to get access to education. Even if they do the skills and subjects that they are exposed to at school are inadequate. Science, technology and engineering skills are usually lacking.
This is because schools for them do not have the infrastructure facilities, labs or teaching staff available. This means a very limited set of opportunities for them in terms of career options going forward. This increases the gap between them and the more fortunate.
It's the same in Mumbai city too with thousands of students from low-income families.
To make this dream a reality, the Rotary Club of Mumbai Kandivali West has decided to create an Innovation Centre that will have the latest equipment, tools, gadgets etc with trained teachers. This facility can then be used to change the lives of students from underprivileged homes.
Teaching students from low-income homes about Robotics, Programming, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, 3D printing etc would not only make learning a fun activity but would also help them learn critical skills for the new generation.
The biggest challenge was space BUT luckily the Rotary has located a plot of land in Palghar. This dramatically makes the project simple to do. The innovation centre will impact 3200 students from low-income homes in Year 1 at a cost of just INR 2000 per child.
IF YOU FUND INR 6000, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU WILL HELP 3 STUDENTS AND TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES.
A total of INR 64L is required to set this up (read details below). In Year 2 the costs will come down as the only expense will be the running costs.
The cost of just the land and building would have run into a few crores in Mumbai. Thanks to the partnership with the Pancholia School they have given the land and building to the Rotary.
Part of the funds raised will also go to The Rotary Foundation India. This will be used for their programmes including providing clean water, supporting education, saving mothers & children, disaster response and more - basically for the welfare of the community.
BENEFITS OF THE INNOVATION CENTRE
COST INVOLVED IN SETTING UP THE INNOVATION CENTRE
With the knowledge gained through this course, this student created a Solar Powered Drying machine (image below). Let's help create more innovators like her.
I am Rtn Rakesh Sharma, a member of the Rotary Club of Bombay.
This project of setting up the Robotic, IoT, data science and 3D printing lab in Pancholia school which will also benefit the economically weaker section of students, is very dear to me as I believe it has the potential to transform learning, education and growth of these students to become entrepreneurs, innovators and transform their lives, thereby community and the country.
Soliciting your generous support for the manifestation of this project
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BUILD THE INNOVATION CENTRE?
COURSES TO BE CONDUCTED AT THE INNOVATION CENTRE
Internet of Things - IoT
There will be a Basic and Advanced level for each of these 4 courses. Each course will be taken over a period of 8 weeks.
VIDEOS AND IMAGES FROM OTHER CLASSROOMS
LOCATION OF THE INNOVATION CENTRE
ABOUT ROTARY CLUB OF BOMBAY
The Rotary Club of Bombay is one of the pioneers in India of the rotary movement, devoted to the ideal of Fellowship through service. It was founded on March 19, 1929. The Club meets every Tuesday at 1.15 p.m. at the Taj Mahal Hotel, the very place where the founders had their first get-together. The first president of the club was Rtn. Charles N. Moberley. Sir Phiroze Sethna, one of India’s most illustrious sons, was the only Indian among the other European founder members and the first Board consisted of only eight members. Most clubs in Dist 3140 can trace their roots to the Rotary Club of Bombay.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as Rotary Club of Bombay is a registered NGO & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT act.
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