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Preparing youth for the Future of Work through hands-on Maker Education


location_on India
MakerGhat aims to create the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders who come from diverse socioeconomic groups! Our programs nurture agency, confidence, and employability among youth through hands-on tinkering/making. We build low-cost makerspaces in schools and communities, accompanied by evidence-based curriculum and robust teacher training.
Azra Ismail, Co-founder and CEO
Makerspaces not only enable self-directed and hands-on learning, but offer the ideal environment to help youth critically question current status quos for sustainable community change.

Azra Ismail, Co-founder and CEO


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Innovation Overview

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50 000
Updated on August 9th, 2022
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Why did you create this innovation?

What if communities had the space, resources, and support to drive innovation and social change for themselves?

This question is what drives us at MakerGhat. Our programs aim to build a sense of agency and confidence among youth. We provide them the space and tools to think critically about challenges locally and beyond, and leverage resources at their disposal to build sustainable solutions.

How does your innovation work in practice?

MakerGhat builds low-cost makerspaces in schools and communities, accompanied by evidence-based curriculum and robust teacher training. Our programs develop key skills and attitudes linked to employability through hands-on training. Youth between 12 to 18 years spend at least 1.5 hours a week on our program to develop fundamental 21st-century skills linked to employability: critical thinking, problem-solving, self-efficacy, and communication and collaboration.

Our model involves four elements:
1. Safe physical spaces with portable kits: low-cost makerspaces or portable kits equipped with tools and materials, help with maintenance and daily operations
2. Training: training of teachers and administrators on strategies to build a culture of making and student-led learning
3. Curriculum: weekly workshop, aligned with syllabus, research-backed, customizable per grade and region, open-source
4. Monitoring and Evaluation: weekly embedded assessments, data-driven model, audit every month

How has it been spreading?

Our goal is to reach a million youth by 2025! We engage in direct implementation in collaboration with government and non-profit institutions, working towards eventually being integrated into state and national school boards. We also aim to make our maker labs and curriculum open-source and accessible to enable anyone to build a maker culture in their community. As part of this initiative, we have developed a fellowship model as well and are hosting all our training content on YouTube.

We have reached over 50,000 youth till date, and are targeting 500,000 youth in 2022-2023 through partnerships with nonprofit and government stakeholders. We have programs in the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, and are expanding to Kerala and Maharashtra.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

We are committed to sharing our program resources with anyone interested in building a maker culture in their school or community! Please reach out at if you would like to work with us.

Over the course of this year, we are making our materials open source to enable anyone, anywhere to start a maker space!


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January 2022
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Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

Identify your space and community!
To get started with a makerspace, all you need is a community of learners (young people and adults) who are ready to embark on an exciting journey! Identify a convening location for gatherings and activities and set up a recurring time and commitment to meet (we recommend at least 1.5 hours weekly).
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Gather resources and tools
Before investing in fancy gadgets, bring together resources and tools that are already available to you. Cardboard, clay, bottles, straws, thermocol, scrap wood, and other "waste" are excellent materials for prototyping. Simple everyday tools may include glue, tape, sketch pens, and screwdrivers!
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Nurture a maker culture
Ensure that all adults/educators/volunteers supporting the makerspace understand the rules of engagement and how to nurture a maker culture. MakerGhat can providing training support and resources to help strategize and practice how to build an open, safe, and collaborative space for learning.
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Leverage open-source content to conduct weekly activities
There are lots of resources out there to help you get started with making activities, including ones we have developed at MakerGhat! Reach out to us at to get access. We also have content available in local Indian languages.
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Apply skills learned to a community project or initiative!
Every program at MakerGhat ends with a community-centered capstone project! We encourage you to apply technical, design, and research skills learned to a community project or initiative.
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Join & create maker communities
Nothing is achieved alone, the best way to keep your making activities as an educator or young person is by joining and nurturing strong communities of makers and local changemakers! Surround yourself by people you are inspired by, and be the change you wish to see in your community!
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