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A government school makeover project aimed at redesigning the schooling experience of children from under-served communities.

The Happy School Project

India
"The Happy School Project" is a voluntary government school makeover project aimed at redesigning the schooling experience of children from low income backgrounds through holistic school makeovers using the concept of Building as Learning Aid.Leading to increased educational value of the school building and enhanced visual learning in children leading to better learning outcomes.
Introduction

Zero gravity’s "The Happy School Project" is a voluntary government school makeover project aimed at redesigning the schooling experience of children from low income backgrounds through holistic school makeovers .

“Nothing holds us down. Maximum Happiness to Maximum Number of People.”

What we do?

We transform Government Schools that lack poor infrastructure, facilities and a good learning environment into beautiful learning spaces that aid in better learning experiences. It is about developing the school’s entire physical environment as a learning aid – the inside, the outside, the semi-open spaces – every where. At the core, it is about maximizing the educational ‘value’ of a built space. It is based on ‘how children learn’.

Why we do it?

Research undertaken before the initiation of the project revealed that though the government schools provide basic amenities, their conditions are not up to the mark. Also, the school environment does little to provide the students with willingness, motivation and interest in learning. Therefore, this project is an endeavor to make the school buildings and other facilities a unique learning platform for students by creating curriculum based imagery on the walls that they can relate to.

School buildings are meant for children. They are designed for them, yet somehow they do not relate to them in a holistic way. Each component of the school is somehow conceived in isolation, with little consideration about what the child is finally going to experience as a whole. This work is about making the building components active facilitator in the whole process of teaching-learning (which is the primary function of the school) for children and teachers (who are the primary users).
It is an innovative way to conceive and use the various building components like the floor, wall, door, window or even spaces like corridor and open space in such a way that it also helps children and teachers in the process of teaching—learning apart from serving their usual function.

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Innovation Overview
3 - 15
Age Group
10 000
Children/Users
1
Country
2013
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
311
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Tips for implementation
1)Acquaint yourself with the academic curriculum of your school: Refer BaLA. 2)Note down the concepts that you would like to focus on. 3)Identify the spaces where you would like to display the concepts(eg:School walls, floor, playground) 4)Design the concepts in a fun way. 5)Execute or get in touch!
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NGO Zero Gravity to revamp 150 NMC school buildings | Nagpur News - Times of India
Zero Gravity ‘Happy School Project’ making most of BaLA
The Happy School Project: Changing The Face Of Government Schools, One Building At A Time
Walls of Government Schools in Nagpur Now Serve as Teachers Too!

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