News from Attappadi

An interview in December 2016

anganwaditeachervideoListen to what an anganwadi/kindergarten teacher in India from our Attappadi pilot group says about digital access.

Just have a look at the video

 

09 December 2016: Digital training for 15 anganwadi teachers and launch of a community building platform

dsc_0940The Mymmh project has been launched today. It is the very first time that  – here in this region  – anganwadi teachers get access  to digital knowledge and devices at a larger scale.

This morning during the distribution (tablets) ceremony Ms Dr Rajeshwari CDPO, Attappaddi and Mr Selvaraj N, the local project manager from the Karl Kübel institute for development and education (kkid.org) participated and encouraged the 15 local anganwadi teachers to learn on how to use the digital devices and how to set up their own community while using the mymmh.org platform.

“This will help the anganwadi teachers to connect and to learn from each other, to transfer data in an easier way to the anganwadi supervisors. The digital knowledge will be a decisive step to contribute in a simple and direct way to make more health happen. This will be a huge benefit for all our children,” Dr Rajeshwari explained.

“It was an exciting moment when the group started to work with the devices. Now the first learning experiences have taken place. The anganwadi digital platform has been launched. It’s time to build the community now  and this will be in the hands of the anganwadi teachers themselves. Good work and good luck to all trained anganwadi teachers!”, added manuela Pastore from the Making More health initiative.

 01 December 2016: What is mymmh.org all about?

Mymmh.org is a hub for all anganwadi teachers who are interested to build a digital community. The pilot will start in the tribal/rural area in Attappadi, South India. Fifteen kindergarten workers (14 anganwadi workers and 1 CDPO – child development project officer) from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, working in the rural and tribal areas of Attappadi, South India will get a device and participate in a digital training to improve their digital knowledge. This training is offered by the Making More Health initiative (www.makingmorehealth.com) run by Boehringer Ingelheim  in close collaboration with the Karl Kübel Institute for development education (KKID.org).

“While discussing with the teachers in the past about their “dream kindergarten” and daily work challenges I learned that that their biggest dream was about building a real community among themselves, having easy access to other teachers, exchanging ideas and being easily connected to local people and more information. The idea to build a digital community was born. The mymmh.org platform offers both – it is a hub for information and ideas,open to all interested people who are working in the kindergarten sector. At the same time the teachers can also register and form/become part of their own closed local facebook group: here they can share  – just among themselves  – their thoughts, experiences, upload and download creative materials and communicate in their local languages. If anganwadi teachers from other regions are interested they can form their own local closed Facebook groups, too. “In this way a general information hub for the teachers (in English) and local community building can be done at the same platform”, says Manuela Pastore, global director for the Making More Health initiative.

kleine-collageIn the past under the umbrella of this initiative two kindergarten buildings including a very interesting rain water harvesting system have been set up and several health awareness workshops with the anganwadi teachers have taken place.

Related content:

Making More Health website