Project Rangeet
Project Rangeet
Empower The Next Generation of Superheroes

Challenges


The problems Project Rangeet is tackling are global and existential. The IPCC report on climate change points toward low-lying coastal countries being at the greatest risk. In a planet hurtling toward a dangerous tipping point, how do we galvanise communities and governments to value self, society and sustainability? How do we shape a compassionate world in which nature and society are at peace? The problem is that non-academic education is not thoughtfully developed througthout many countries. Children do not have well-organised and measurable access to tools that aim to increase their awareness around social and enviromental issues.

Towards a Solution


To address this challenge, a collaboration in 2014 between Mach One and Music in Measures inspired the development of Project Rangeet. This project is a teach the teacher platform aimed at primary school children focussing on self, society and sustainability. The program uses storytelling, music and art to prompt engagement and convey important messages to children of social justice and awareness of pressing issues facing humanity.

Content is delivered via a mobile app with tools that measure impact at scale, enabling the inclusion of 21st century skills into every child’s report card. The app recognises and rewards teachers, children, parents, and their communities for teaching Project Rangeet classes, co-creating content in multiple languages and promoting the platform.

The multi-language lesson plans for teachers are used to deliver Project Rangeet curriculum to primary school children. Training is carried out in person, via VTC and sample content within the app. The curriculum is organised around the SDGs and categorised into three learning umbrellas (topics): Self, Society and Sustainability which are further grouped into modules. Each module has 6-8 lessons of 50 minutes each.

  • SELF: In order for children to thrive, they need to stand on a foundation of self-confidence, self-reliance and mindfulness. They need to VALUE and PROTECT their minds, their bodies and their rights.
  • SOCIETY: Only then will they be able to VALUE and PROTECT all human beings and influence an egalitarian society to be aware of issues around colour, caste, socio-economic status, sexuality, religion and gender.
  • SUSTAINABILITY: And on this dual foundation of society and self, the child superheroes will VALUE and PROTECT ALL life on earth.

While other social emotional learning programs exist, they have not identified what works with the psychology of primary school children. Rangeet uses proven methodologies that work in these classrooms, with each module including Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. Content, which includes minute-by-minute instructions on how to run a Rangeet class, is delivered via a mobile app with tools that measure impact at real time and at scale, enabling the inclusion of 21st century skills into every child’s report card. The app recognises and rewards teachers, children, parents, and communities with redeemable tokens (called SuperPowers) for teaching Rangeet classes, co-creating content and promoting the platform. For example, participants in Bangladesh are rewarded with SuperPowers that are redeemable for discounts on books, groceries and mobile recharge.

App based delivery, distributed measurement, coupled with positive reinforcement loops expand the surface area of the platform’s impact. This ensures the sustainability and scalability of Project Rangeet. The Project has been piloted in Bangladesh in over 50 schools reaching 2,000 students. The first with BRAC schools, the second in Government schools.

The results of the project role out indicated a positive change within BRAC students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in a number of social aspects embedded in the modules. Data revealed that students’ of experimental group had positive behaviour, perspectives and awareness about targeted social issues. This small scale project brought explicit hope that both attitudinal and behavioral changes on social issues can be achieved among young children through providing joyful and excitement learning environment and interactive teaching learning experiences. The diversified and varied social issues emerging across the country indicate the urgency of more of these programs for our children.”

Additionally, resulted indicated that students performed better in all aspects of Rangeet activities after taking part in the sessions. This small pilot project proved that complex issues like discrimination, diversity, empathy and bullying can be taught to the younger kids using interactive and easy teaching-learning methodology.

The initiative is currently being tested in several countries.

Contact Information

1) From SSN4PSI - Asad-Uz-Zaman, Secretariat, Focal person of SSN4PSI 2) From Project Rangeet - Simran Mulchandani, Founding Partner & Business Development, simran@projectrangeet.com, +91 98336 32199

Supported by

BRAC Bangladesh; A2i Bangladesh; government entities, NGOs in India

Countries involved

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam

Implementing Entities

• BRAC (Bangladesh) • Department of Primary Education (Bangladesh) • Global Indian International Schools (GIIS) (India, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, UAE) • Social Star (India) • Laya Resources (India) • Digital Empowerment Foundation (India) in pilot • ASHI Group (Afghanistan) in discussions to commence pilot • Gen-Y (Bhutan) in discussions

Project Status

Ongoing

URL of the practice

www.projectrangeet.com

Primary SDG

04 - Quality Education

Secondary SDGs

10 - Reduced Inequalities
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