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Unnikrishnan Kurup
Preparing the next generation through co-curricular programs.

VentureVillage

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VentureVillage is a global organisation based in Espoo, Finland founded in 2018. The organisation emanates from the passion of its founders in promoting the best Finnish educational practices in the Indian school education system. VentureVillage primarily focuses on children developing core skills that are vital for the Economy, Sustainability, Working Life, Society and Entrepreneurship.
Student of GreenCity, Global Public School, Kerala,India
"Started seeing wastes in a different way. I started doing many small actions which may make a big change in environment. Asking the local waste workers about their works and their life."

Student of GreenCity, Global Public School, Kerala,India

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STUDENTS
Target Group
3 555
Children/Users
2
Countries
2019
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For-profit
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Why did you create this innovation?

The Mission of VentuerVithis for profit social enterprise is to instill skills in students that would enable them to evolve as responsible leaders, develop entrepreneurial abilities and become environmental champions. This is addressed by adopting the best practices from the Finnish education system and adopting these to the developing world by curating it as best suited to the context addressed.

How does your innovation work in practice?

There is the important question of how the courses developed by VentureVillage find their way in the education system of the developing world. This is attained by associating with the school system and collaborating with them to implement this course as their co-curricular activity for their students. The courses used to run offline with course facilitators physically teaching the course in schools prior to the pandemic. The pandemic posed the organisation with the challenging question of how courses could function amidst a global pandemic and schools shifting to the online mode of functioning. This was particularly a challenge given the activity-oriented curriculum and pedagogy involved in this course. Given the activity-oriented curriculum and pedagogy involved in this course and with the contingencies caused by the pandemic in mind, the course has been completely shifted online without losing the essence of the activity-based curriculum that was initially developed.

How has it been spreading?

The course were done by more than 3500 children across 25 schools in Kerala, India in the first phase and in the second phase another 4000 odd children a similar no of schools will be doing the course.

We have been getting lot of requests to sell our online courses in other parts of the world. We are now selling our course licences as blocks so that any one around the world can try it out.

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

Schools, parents and children are always welcome to come and try out our programs at learning.venturevillage.world.

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From Waste Management to Financial Smarts, this Kerala start-up's curriculum add-ons could be the zing your kid needs
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The Better India Features our story
Adithyan, a Class VII student at Devi Vilasom (DVUPS) School, who participated in the Green City programme, says, “I got to learn about some of the ill-effects of using plastic, as well as ways by which we can reuse the material around the house to ensure that it does not end up in the landfills. I also learnt how to make compost and have been using the same for the plants I grow.” Theress Raison, a student of Class VIII, who undertook the Green City programme from Mary Land Public School, says the course taught her all about waste segregation. “I did not know there were so many ways of waste segregation even possible,” she says. To ensure that the programmes being developed at Venture Village are authentic, both Unni and Dr Anup have enrolled for a Master’s programme in Educational Entrepreneurship from a University in Finland. https://www.thebetterindia.com/254738/nri-kerala-edtech-school-unnikrishnan-kurup-venture-village-finland-india-education-platform-environment-conservation-waste-management-sustainability-online-learning-vid01/Read the story here
Impact of GreenCity Program
Measuring the impact of GreenCity Online Program in 25+ Schools
The Optimist CitizenFinland Based Startup by Two Keralites is seeding fundamentals of sustainaility into little minds using engaging activities
The Hindu : Early lessons in waste management and sustainable living in Kerala schools
https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/a-programme-that-teaches-of-waste-management-and-sustainability-in-school-devised-by-a-finland-based-start-up/article33588054.ece
Impact Evaluation
Classroom sessions
Waste Segregation

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

August 2021
50 Schools, 8000 Students
May 2021
Featured in The Better India
December 2020
Partnership with Max Planck Society, Munich Germany
February 2020
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
January 2020
Partnership with Governmental Waste Disposal Authority(CKCL Kerala)
November 2019
First Pilot completion
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