We are delighted to share a blog written by Manit Mehta, a student at Rustomjee Cambridge International School who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 800 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
We, a group of seven children studying in Sixth grade at Rustomjee Cambridge International School ( RCIS) with the thought leadership and blessings of our very enthusiastic teacher Aanchal Miss and Principal Tanya Ma’am are set out to achieve United Nation’s Goal: Life on Land.
Our mission is to make and sell as many Seed Balls as possible to have green and healthy environment around us. We arranged several workshops in the school pre-primary section and the toddlers, in fact, rolled over 500 seed balls to fulfill the orders we have already booked.
The Next Chapter
A parent of a fellow student met with us during the open house and has written a very flattering account of our interaction with her. All of us feel very proud and precious!
A teacher form a small village in Madhya Pradesh wants to implement the same ideas with her bundle of students. She will be soon interacting with our teacher to get some tips. Happy seeds are sprouting
Our team highly encourages schools in Mumbai to run similar workshops. The toddlers you train will become the SEED ambassadors to promise a brighter future.
Yes, we took up the Global Social Leaders ( GSL) Global Goals Challenge in November and every day since then has been filled with fun, thrill, expectations, discussions, reasoning, exploring, enthusiasm and so on.
Are these Seed Balls Skill Balls for us?
Looking back, we can’t believe what we have learnt alongside this project: conceptualizing, designing, budgeting, fundraising, accounting, interacting, marketing, advertising, photography, art and craft, theatre skills, working with multiple age groups and most importantly team work and community spirit. Happy Seeds, indeed are growing in multiple trees!!!
The journey so far: TEAM WORK and GOOD SPIRIT all the way….
The first step: Project idea- it was a pretty intense exercise of brainstorming ideas that matched with UN goals, reviewing project papers, validating with the program manager and conceptualizing the implementation phases
The second step: Distribution of duties- educating the members, social media and photography, making banners and pamphlets, fund raising, arranging for raw materials and packing materials, designing and running awareness programs. Each one of us picked up the role that we liked.
The third step: Fund raising- Carnival and Open house at RCIS: Happy Seeds was on a roll!! The response was overwhelming. Not only we made good collection with the games; we pre-booked more than 100 orders for the seed balls. The parents and kids came up to our stalls in large numbers and were bowled over with the balls…seed balls
The fourth step: Making seed balls with the materials- Now started the real fun!! We sold the concept very well, raised funds and pre-booked orders and now is the time to deliver. Our teacher and Principal ma’am came up with a very brilliant idea to rope in pre-primary kids to prepare the seed balls as a fun-learning activity for them.
The fifth step: Awareness skit- Team Happy Seeds performed super animated skit and filled all the tiny tots with lot of enthusiasm. The toddlers were on the roll and in no time we could make over 500 seed balls.
The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.