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700 students in 7 days.
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Campaign Review, 2017
"WHAT WE VIEW
LITERACY IS A
HAND UP, NOT A
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Highlights Gratitutes What's Next
3 ONE MISSION Most students in the developing world goes to school
with a blank wall, black and white textbooks and under-
NOV There are more than 800 million people in world today trained teachers.
that cannot read or write. In rural parts of Nepal, the
literacy rate is alarmingly low. Though education in public schools are free, there are
still many indirect costs of schooling families have to
Although the net enrollment rate in schools have risen consider when enrolling children in schools. Costs of
throughout the years, issues that persist in education books, stationeries, uniforms are few examples that lead
include poor quality and inequity in access, geographical to drop-outs and affect students’ quality of work in class.
remoteness, gender and socioeconomic and ethnic
700 students in 7 days
1 EN ROUTE TO NEPAL The manufacturing of the backpacks FINANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY
took approximately 12 days after
DAY As part of our team landed in receiving the initial deposit from our From day 1, we invested early in
Nepal, each of our local partners local registered bank. keeping our books in place.
have started to collect hundreds of
bags and materials from the local Moving funds across to Nepal has Transparency and accountability
manufacturers. Volunteers from also proven to be challenging, as have always been at the core of
different clubs have offered to we ruled out any informal mode of what we do, as we made sure every
provide their homes and office space funds transfer that does not provide dollar and cents were accounted for.
to temporarily store the bags. transaction statements from a bank.
DAY DAY DAY
Filling 91 Backpacks Project 'Shikshya' Launch 161 Backpacks, 7 volunteers
Volunteers from Rotaract Club of Our arrival in the first school welcomed In preparation of 2 school programs the
Kathmandu volunteered their time in by a traditional Nepali performance. following day, our team spent the whole
packing the first batch of materials, After the program, all of our teams joined day sorting materials with Volunteers of
in due time for distribution to Shree in the fun and danced around with the Rotaract Club of Chandragiri in a free
Bachhaladevi Basic Schoolsecondary students and teachers office space provided to us.
school the next day.
DAY DAY DAY
2 Schools in 12 hours. Madhyapur District Meeting Day of Celebration
Our team headed out to the rural After carrying out one school program in On the final day, we set out launch our
schools of Lalitipur district at 6.00am, the morning, our team arranged a final
and completed 2 school programs – meeting with the volunteers of Rotaract final 2 schools in far Madhyapur district.
traveling mostly on off roads in the hilly Club of Madhyapur to brief about the
regions. 161 students received their new program arrangements on day 7. 265 students from kindergarten to grade
backpacks that day..
10 received their new backpack that
day, all personalized according to their
325 girls benefited from program 344 boys benefited from program
IMPACT 121 115
T he 'Fill-A-Backpack' campaign is 91 95
targeted at high-need schools 77
within remote zones of the
Kathmandu valley. 13 16 25 13
The key considerations for selecting 4
beneficiary schools are (1) public
government schools (2) school & KG 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 GRADES
community needs (3) focused on
pre-primary & primary level (4)
complications for material transport.
DISTRIBUTED FUNDRAISING GOAL STUDENTS
SGD 8,000 BENEFITED
Backpacks 669 FUNDS RAISED
Book Copies 3103 SGD 12,712.50 669
Geometry Set 281 MATERIAL COSTS SCHOOLS
Sketch Book 669 SGD 7,963.81 SUPPORTED
Stationary Set 669
Colour Pencils 669 Summary of funds used 6
Pencil Case 669
Thanks to our supporters, the campaign raised FUNDRAISING
Material allocations based on a total of 12,712.50 SGD (as of Nov 3, 2018); GOAL
grade-level needs exceeding the initial target of 8,000 SGD.
Due to absentees and drop-outs in various +158%
Each grade-level student from Kindergarten schools, a total of 669 students across 6
to Grade 10 received a filled backpack schools were accounted for and benefited 9
according to their learning needs. from the program.
For instance, students in Grade 4 and above The surplus of funds will be directed to the
will receive an additional Geometry set. next program in Jan 2019 to rebuild classrooms
and setting up of libraries.
Celebration after program distribution Welcoming our team to Shree Bhimsen Aaarsha Secondary First class to receive bags
Transport vehicle was caught in mudslide Students unwrapping new art materials Loading backpacks up a jeep with volunteers
A class 2 student with her new backpack Student with her brother waits in line for program to begin Unloading bags
Local partners setting up display banner Students adjusting backpack straps Kindergarten student poses for the camera
Waiting in line for names to be announced Students gather in makeshift classroom with new bags Post-program celebration
A new backpack replacement Sisters walking back home from school Most students lack proper shoes for school
Girls perform during a program distribution Second transport vehicle was stuck on the way to school Transporting materials by foot
Opening speech by President of Rotaract Club Parents observing through a school fence Books Beyond Borders mission sharing statement
Our warmest thanks to our impact partners & donors who have shown extraordinary support in the 2018 Fill A BackPack campaign.
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Along with a community RANDALL TEAM JAY BERNIE
of global citizens, we hold
steadfast in our mission CO-FOUNDER CO-FOUNDER
to level the educational
playing field for low- BRYAN
income communities in the
developing world. CO-FOUNDER
Our theory of change
is when relevant and
community support are
present for teachers and
students, better learning
outcome and literacy can
T ackling global illiteracy in education is a huge undertaking, but we know that every single child we can possibly reach is
significant. A student empowered to learn and graduates from secondary school can access a lifetime of opportunities, opening
new doors for those around them as well.
QUALITY RESOURCES One of the initial pilot programs will be rebuilding existing
libraries in schools. By improving the quality of learning spaces
What we found after traveling to dozens of remote schools and and creating more room where students can access books that
meeting hundreds of students is that most public schools lack are complimentary to their grade-level, teachers will have more
quality learning resources to engage student’s interests in opportunities to engage students better in school.
MEASURE AND LEARN
On the schools we observed, the typical classroom learning is
based on a traditional textbook, teacher-cantered and lecture- Data on student learning should start at the classroom level and
based method. Students are overburdened with the need to learn be used to help us and teachers understand on what students can
the contents by heart, which are rarely applied to real life issues. know and do. Measuring the learning outcome would allow actors
This in turn causes lack of motivation in learning and often results across the ecosystem to uncover learning gaps and implement
in absentees or drop-out rates in school. appropriate interventions for each community.
Our next pilot programs will empower teachers with quality learning The next few programs will therefore put a high emphasis on
resources to move beyond the textbook-limited teachings. The data collection systems on learning through a strong culture of
objective is to ensure learning is focused on the knowledge and experimentation and iteration.
skills that students are supposed to develop, and by so create a
meaningful and joyful learning experience for all.
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