Does my program need to be based in particular area to collaborate with you?
No, it does not. Our work covers several states in India. Even if you work in a state/country that we are not present in yet, we are open to discussing how we could work together to bring our programme to your region.
Which grades’ students does this programme work with?
We work with students from 4th to 9th grade
Is the programme customized to the local language?
Yes, our surveys and the toolkit are translated to the local language e.g. for Maharashtra schools the language of our toolkit content and surveys is Marathi
How does our school qualify for the program?
We have two methods for selecting schools.
- The top-down approach wherein we work with state government and they identify the schools we cover, as is the case in Rajasthan. We then identify local citizen sector organisations that can help us cover these schools. If our programme is working in your state through a government partnership, please contact your Education Department about getting covered through our programme
- The bottom-up approach where we partner with a local citizen sector organisation and they inform schools in their network about our programme. Interested schools self-select themselves to be covered by our programme
To ensure adequate coverage, we work with at least 20 schools within a state, ideally within the same district. If your school is interested, we encourage you to find other interested schools near you as well as a local citizen sector organisation that could help us implement the Nourishing Schools programme in these schools.
For more information please contact us
What resources and support will I receive as a participant?
We provide the following:
- Baseline survey training and equipment for surveyors (1-3 days)
- Nourishing Schools toolkit for schools (1 per school)
- Toolkit orientation for teachers (1 day)
- Midline survey training for surveyors (1-3 days)
- Survey data analysis (1-3 weeks per survey)
How do we improve our mid-day meals?
We can learn how to improve the food safety, hygiene and nutrition of our mid day meal from our toolkit’s mid day meal module. More on the toolkit here
How long does it take to implement the program?
The programme is structured as a three-year engagement with one baseline survey, two midline surveys and one toolkit every year (total three toolkits over three years).
During an academic year, our partner schools usually spend between 1-3 hours per week on using the toolkit. Our partner local citizen sector organisations devote at least 50% staff time for one person for running this programme across 20 schools.
What is the cost of the programme?
We work with partners to share costs. There is minimal financial contribution from the local citizen sector organisation and no financial contribution from government schools. Please fill our “Partner With Us” form to get more details about the cost of the programme
Does the programme only work in government schools?
No, we also cover a private school and an after-school centre.
Is it necessary to do the baseline and midline surveys? Or what is a baseline and midline survey? How do we measure success the success of the program?
Yes. The baseline survey helps us identify the needs of each school, which allows us to recommend components of the toolkit that would be more relevant for schools. The midline surveys allow us to identify areas where we have made progress as well as challenges.
How many teachers need to be involved per school?
In each school, we recommend that at least two teachers be involved in rolling out the programme.
Can I get more than one toolkit per school?
Currently, we only provide one toolkit per school. We have found that even with large schools (over 200 children between 4th to 9th grade) children have worked together to use different components of the toolkit to create change.
What if I roll out the programme in my school and it fails?
Our programme embraces failure because it gives us the opportunity to learn what we can do better. If the toolkit fails to engage teachers and students, we would love to understand why this happened e.g. were the teachers unable to find time to use the toolkit, did the schoolchildren find the toolkit uninteresting etc. We would welcome feedback on what we could change and work with you to set the programme up for success in your school.
If the toolkit is used widely but doesn’t achieve a positive impact, we would like to learn from that as well. Perhaps there are other environmental factors that we haven’t addressed yet or some local context to which we need to adapt.
In other words, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”