Department of Public Instruction, Government of Karnataka.
The department covers around 65,000 schools, 2.5 lakh teachers, and more than one crore children. The Mid Day Meal Programme is Government of India’s flagship programme for the achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE). It is being implemented by the department in partnership with the State Government to cover Karnataka. Nourishing Schools has partnered with the department to develop a training module and comic for mid-day meal cook-cum-helpers on food safety, nutrition and hygiene as per the Central Government guidelines.
Co-founded by Ashoka Fellow Sunanda Mane, Lend-A-Hand India (LAHI) plays a vital role in making school education practical and relevant. It does this by partnering with grassroots non-profit organizations and local governments to provide job/life skills training, career counselling, and bridge loans for budding entrepreneurs starting their micro-enterprises. It aims for resource-poor youth to realize their full employment and entrepreneurial potential. LAHI has reached over 800,000 young boys and girls across 8500+ schools in 23 states and union territories across India. We have partnered with Lend-A-Hand India for developing and rolling out the Nourishing Schools toolkit.
Founded by Ashoka Fellow Nalini Saligram, Arogya World has a two-year school-based program for diabetes awareness and prevention education with age-appropriate activities for 11-14-year-olds (6-8 grades). This program, developed in partnership with the NGO HRIDAY in India, uses influencers such as teachers and peer leaders to reach and educate 11- to 14-year-olds about diabetes and its prevention. The comprehensive program includes classroom and school-based activities, as well as outreach efforts in students’ homes and communities. We have partnered with Arogya World to develop content for the Nourishing Schools toolkit.
Co-Founded by Ashoka Fellow Deep Jyoti Sonu Brahma, encourages communities in North-East India to take up sustainable farming and learn entrepreneurial practices. It works with middle-school students to set up Nutrition Gardens in their schools, and support their process of learning self-sustaining and organic methods of growing their own food, eating healthy, learning about nutrition and becoming entrepreneurs. We have partnered with Farm2Food Foundation for rolling out the Nourishing Schools toolkit.
Swayam Shikshan Prayog
Co-founded by Ashoka Fellow Prema Gopalan, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) focuses on revitalizing rural economies by putting women in charge in over 2000 villages in Maharashtra, India. It has built a support system for women-led enterprises and their chain of women’s savings and credit groups – Sakhi entrepreneur networks – through rural business school, marketing and distribution systems, health entrepreneurs and social microfinance institution (MFI). We have partnered with SSP for rolling out the Nourishing Schools toolkit.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Providing fresh and nutritious lunches to over 1.8 million children in 19,257 schools across India every day, The Akshaya Patra Foundation tackles issues of hunger and malnutrition. The organization strives to ensure no child will be deprived of education because of hunger by implementing the Mid Day Meal Scheme in government schools and government-aided schools. We have collaborated with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to create a manual on food safety and hygiene for mid-day meal cooks.
Co-founded by Ashoka Fellow Kuldeep Dantewadia, Reap Benefit is building the next generation of problem solvers by involving youth in developing skills, local data, and solutions to local environmental and civic problems. They have worked with over 33,610 youngsters, saved 46 million litres of water and 1,700-kilo units of electricity. We have partnered with Reap Benefit to develop content for the Nourishing Schools toolkit.
Sri Aurobindo Society
Sri Aurobindo Rural & Village Action & Movement (SARVAM), an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society, India, is developing an integrated village community model that is sustainable, replicable, and scalable in areas of education, income generation by the introduction of life skills, active women and youth empowerment, and health and sanitation awareness. Over 20 villages, 3,500 families are direct beneficiaries of their Integral Village Development programme with 100% enrolment for primary and middle school education. We have partnered with Sri Aurobindo Society for rolling out the Nourishing Schools toolkit.
Sunetra Roday is the retired Principal of the Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (MSIHMCT), Pune. She has been teaching food science and nutrition for over 26 years. She has published books on hygiene and sanitation, cooking, and food preservation. She is actively involved in consultancy projects, curriculum development, and nutrition counselling. She has worked with Lend-A-Hand India on the revision of the IBT syllabus, as required by the Maharashtra government and also helps them develop training modules for instructors. She has advised and co-developed content with us for the toolkit.
URMUL Trust represents a family of organizations working towards social and economic change in the lives of the people in western Rajasthan. The focus is on the vulnerable and marginal sections of the society- women and children. Through health, livelihoods, education, governance and advocacy interventions, URMUL has been actively working in the region since 1987. We have partnered with URMUL for rolling out the Nourishing Schools toolkit.
Based in Bengaluru, Headless Hippies delivers strategic branding and identity design, advertising, packaging design, digital marketing, videos, films, and animation, UI/UX and more. Using the principle of design thinking and inspiration from nature, they aim to create sustainable and creative solutions for businesses. They have collaborated with us to design the Nourishing Schools toolkit, branding, logo, and other collaterals.
RVS Educational Trust was established in 1983 with the objectives to create facilities for education, health care and upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden, especially of rural regions. It runs several education institutions. We have partnered with RVS Trust for rolling out the Nourishing Schools toolkit.
Vaagdhara is a non-profit organization, that has impacted over 25000 tribal and low-income to improve the quality of their life. It has played a key role in advocating for child rights, facilitating collaboration with mainstream (government) for the betterment of school education and has also implemented natural resource management programs like Sustainable Integrated Farming. We have partnered with Vaagdhara for rolling out the Nourishing Schools toolkit.
Jatan Sansthan is a grassroots not-for-profit organization working with rural and resource-poor communities across over 1300 villages in the districts of Rajsamand, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Udaipur and Bhilwara in Rajasthan, India. Since its establishment in 2001, Jatan has designed and implemented various initiatives geared towards improving social and demographic indicators by working with youth groups. Jatan has also worked on programs related to children,
Ondace works on product development, platform development services and automated testing. Their tools for analysis and smart visualization of data are used by Nourishing Schools to display our survey data on the dashboards for our team, as well as to generate impact report summaries.
Kabir, Ashoka Fellow and co-founder of Vinyas, has created a framework to creatively treat space and its built elements and make school architecture more conducive to child development. He has initiated the concept of Whole School Development Planning, which is now in the framework for implementation for Elementary Education and is expected to influence more than thirteen lakh primary and elementary schools across the country in next few years. By convincing State Governments to invest in his idea, he has created an effective delivery mechanism that brings engineers, teachers and architects together to implement and spread his idea to rural government schools. Kabir is also Advisor Infrastructure for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. He has advised us on the design and development of the Nourishing Schools toolkit.