In May 2012, SRF Foundation launched Avishkar, a mobile van to promote Science Education in Government Middle Schools in Mewat, Haryana. Fitted with interesting science equipment, models, a projector and a sound system, the van allows students to perform Science lab activities with the equipment, technology and methods that are usually not available in schools. Hence, enabling them to learn Science concepts more effectively, and in an interesting and enjoyable way.
Spreading community messages or issues with the van’s P.A. system and projection facility has also enhanced the effectiveness of communication within the communities. Through the use of videos, communities are more interested to understand issues concerning education of children, student dropout rate, attendance and regularity, school development, cleanliness, etc. The van’s main beneficiaries like youths, women, children, sarpanch, key members of the villages and other stakeholders participate favourably in the discussions, meetings and awareness programs or any other event duly organized.
Avishkar van reaches out to more than 4000 students and 22 Science teachers in 22 government middle schools of 17 villages