A kindergarten teacher of rural India talks about digital access

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Digital is simply key to education, health and wealth.

After a first digital training with 15 kindergarten teacher from rural India we run an interview with one of the participants.

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In  South India, in the rural areas of Attappadi,  15 kindergarten teachers received their first tablets, participated in a  digital training and are now collaborating at  kindergarten teachers platform (www.mymmh.org) that is “open to the world” and offers the possibility for local discussion groups, at the same time.

Read more about it: Kindergarten platform launched

Interested in supporting this project? We are looking for more devices and trainings :-). Please feel free to contact.

 

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India: what stigmatized patients need – besides medical treatment 

Understanding patients’ needs, care that goes beyond medical treatment and technical aid – we all have heard about it, but what it really means to be and to conduct a meaningful life as a stigmatized patient is often still not researched enough and definitely underestimated.

I had a chance to learn about a special training with leprosy patients and to do an interview with the trainer who is specialized in supporting human beings with life skills, people who – due to their disease – are escluded from society.

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Talking to Dr Magi about daily life challenges of stigmatized patients


It was a learning I will definitely never forget.

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Kindergarten teacher platform launched -because digital is key to all!

mymmhA few weeks ago we have launched a platform for all kindergarten and anganwadi teachers in India, called mymmh.org.
If you are interested to have a look at it or to collaborate, please feel invited to join us. The Mymmh platform is open and accessible to everyone – all over the world.

How it started
The idea was born during a workshop with rural kindergarten teachers who normally have a lot of challenges to connect on a daily basis and to exchange ideas. Digital knowledge and access were identified as the two bottlenecks we had to overcome. The starting point is done. Now, we all together try to make it a really helpful and useful platform for all anganwadi and kindergarten teachers – at a very practical and pragmatic level.

What is the idea behind?
The idea is to offer and to share information that might be helpful to all of us/you.
It includes a creativity and health corner with a lot of information for the daily work of kindergarten and anganwadi teachers in India. It is a one-in-all platform from where to start and find in a very simple way the information needed.
Just have a look at it: https://mymmh.org/creative-world/

img_9678A two level approach – a globally accessible information source for all and closed discussion groups on a local level

Besides this open community platform mymmh.org, we have formed a Facebook group place where you discuss just with your own community. The first local Facebook group (closed group) has started to work. You will find some information at the Facebook chapter of mymmh.org about the scope and how it works. However, you will not be able to get access to the local Facbook group link that is shown there as this is a closed group. What’s a closed group? That’s the place where you can discuss and share information just among YOUR group of teachers. You decide who is part of it and who can see it/be active on it it.

How you can engage:

  • You can be a passive reader and just take the ideas
  • If you are interested to open your local Facebook group (it does not cost anything), please let me know. Your own closed anganwadi teacher Facebook group is just a few clicks away. So, if you are an anganwadi teacher in another part of India (or even a kindergarten teacher in other parts of the world) who wants to open a discussion forum for you and your colleagues, you can do. It will not cost anything, but it needs your passion and time, because you will become the administrator and steer it.
  • Your ideas on how to develop the mymmh.org site are very welcome!!! Examples on how to collaborate are:
    • Are you willing to share creative ideas?
    • Do you want to give some English classes online for anganwadi teachers?
    • Do you have some digital devices that you could donate?
    • Are you a web designer/agency and willing to optimize the platform for free? Just let me know.

img_9690We would be happy to have you on board!

Just contact us.

 

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Is India normal? A day in Delhi – a day of contrasts

In an industrial area in Delhi

In an industrial area in Delhi


I’ve come to Delhi for a business meeting. 

While walking from the hotel in Oklah, an industrial zone in Delhi, to the company I’m meeting with, I see a lot of people living in very small houses. Houses? A kind of building, houses is exaggerated… Obviously, the people staying here have a very  low income.  Kids are playing with waste on the streets that is visible everywhere. Most of their life takes part outside: outside cooking, outside working, outside washing – a life that is conducted without privacy and reduced to the minimum of what is needed to survive. Many of them are busy with producing plastics, collecting paper waste, some are cutting woods, some are fusing pieces of metal, some are repairing wheels. There is a smell of burned rubber in the air and – of open defecation. Toilets do not exist.  

There is a lot of traffic. Cars, rikshaws, bycicle drivers who transport huge pieces …young children run around in the middle of the streets. 

When I arrive at the office – located a few meters away in a secondary street – it seems that from one moment to the next I have jumped into the modern business world; the world of the poor has stopped at the gate door. Who comes here, looks nice, good clothing, and elevated lifestyle: climatized rooms, parking slots for nice cars, a lot of space and modern offices. 

It’s a really good meeting – we talk about Corporate social responsibility projects and their is a lot of ideas we will follow up. It’s not the business itself that is wrong, it’s just the gap between here and there – the poverty a few meters away, not somewhere, but right in front of the windows. 

The most terrible thing I notice is that everyone here is simply used to it. The contrasts are “normal”.

It is so easy to forget behind the doors of our offices…

Street work, street life

Street work, street life

When I leave the meeting I’m offered to take a car. I prefer to walk. “It’s not a real nice part of Delhi, we will organize a car for you”, they tell me. No, thanks. I know. But walking through the streets intentionally means to understand how the world looks – I believe we have to experience what it means to live under the poverty line. At least to go and see.  

Happiness does not depend on money

What is surprising: in the middle of all these really poor surroundings there are also lot of smiles and interesting things to discover. Happiness does not depend on money. Thinking of the rich world there people should be all happy every day to be able to enjoy all the commodities … However, these people here have no infrastructures, no water taps, no beds, no idea how to create a better future for their children. But often smiles in their faces. 

The artificial happy world 

After a while I arrive at a place with big banks, shopping malls. The banks are closed. There are still a lot of issues with cash -more than five weeks now after the devaluation. The poor suffer from it because many have no bank account. Small money is rare these days …  

I take a Rikshaw and go to Khan market – away from these big modern shopping malls you can find all over the world. They are somehow desolated. They have no own “face”, it’s just about profit, consumption and the people staying there do not look real. A lot of sweets and unhealthy stuff is offered. The diabetes rate is very high in India. Western style. On big promotional banners Western faces are displayed everyday – Dehli’s blinky world – showing the happiness of the Western world. 

Khan market – worth to be visited

Khan market is the place where you find everything, many types of handicrafts, bread from many countries and really nice small shops. A mixture of tradition and very specific, regional items. Often run by a few people only.

An amazing candle bar shop

An amazing candle bar shop

Indian flair at its best

Indian flair at its best

  

I enter in a candle cafe. It is an amazing atmosphere. India at its best. 
Last, but not least there is an entire shop of Christmas decoration. Christmas bowls, Christmas reindeers, Christmas trees in all variations and colours… 

So, is India normal? 

India is always a surprise. There is nothing that could not be part of it. It reflects how human life goes. You hate it and you love it. Or you just love it with all its dimensions  because it’s our world. Because it reflects all kinds of “normalities”; there are my personal normality, your normality, the normality of hundred of thousands of people. 

It’s my last day of a five weeks stay in India. The third time this year.  Many projects, many talks to people of many different backgrounds, managers, tribals, doctors and leprosy affected patients, people living in the dirty streets and others staying in one of the most luxurious flats I have ever seen in my life. 

That’s it. India. 

Christmas is coming soon. Back to my normal life. Back to the West. Is it normal?

Well, it might be. What about yours, is your life normal, too?

I will come back soon to India. Because India is simply incredible. And even more normal than what we in the Western World might think how the world normally looks!

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Digital knowledge for kindergarten teachers in rural India 

Article on our training in newspaper of Kerala

Article on our training in newspaper of Kerala


It was an amazing 2 days learning experience to all of us when the kindergarten teachers from the rural area in Kerala and Tamil Nadu (South India/ATTAPPADI) started the devices, learned how to handle it, how to write emails and got access to Internet for the first time in their life. Probably one of those moments I will never forget…

How it started 

While discussing with the teachers in spring 2016 about their “dream kindergarten” and daily work challenges I learned that that their biggest dream was about building a real community among themselves, having easy access to other teachers, exchanging ideas and being easily connected to local people and more information. The idea to build a digital community was born. 

The mymmh platform – general information and inspiration for all and local discussion groups

Taking a selfie

Taking a selfie


The mymmh.org platform offers both – it is a hub for information and ideas, open to all interested people who are working in the kindergarten sector (English language). At the same time the teachers can also register and form/become part of their own closed local Facebook group: here they can share – just among themselves and in their own local  language – their thoughts, experiences, upload and download creative materials and communicate in their local languages. If anganwadi teachers from other regions are interested they can form their own local closed Facebook groups, too. In this way a general information hub for the teachers (in English) and local community building can be done at the same platform. 

“It is easily scalable and it ensures that general information exchange as well as local group activities are linked to each other.”

This platform is an open container for all anganwadi teachers who are interested to improve their skills. From here Internet research and Email access is just a click away, and besides the “all in one point” offers, the teachers can find a creativity corner and regular health information that helps them in their daily work. The content will be delivered by local stakeholders, such as local doctors who run also face to face workshops with the teachers, a social entrepreneur in Bangalore. The training is part of a bundle of additional activities the project managers from the Karl Kübel Institute and MMH team run together in the Attappadi area. 

How the training was set up

During the first day the teachers received tablets and learned how to use it. On the second day the kindergarten teacher platform http://www.mymmh.org was launched. 

During the distribution (tablets) ceremony Ms Dr Rajishwari CDPO, Attappadi and Selvaraj N, the local project manager from the Karl Kübel institute for development and education (kkid.org) participated and encouraged the women to learn on how to use the digital devices and how to set up their own community while using the mymmh.org platform.

 “This will help the anganwadi teachers to connect and to learn from each other, to transfer data in an easier way to the anganwadi supervisors. The digital knowledge will be a decisive step to contribute in a simple and direct way to make more health happen. This will be a huge benefit for all our children,” Dr Rajishwari explained.   

In the past under the umbrella of this initiative two kindergarten buildings including a very interesting rain water harvesting system have been set up and several health awareness workshops with the anganwadi teachers have taken place.

And the next steps? 

Now it’s up to the teachers themselves to build their community. The first posts in their group have already been posted.

 In March 2017 we will organize a next Training. Because digital knowledge is simply the key to ensure that the gap between rich and poor can become smaller. 

Because making more health happen is more than just medicines. 

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