Playground Ideas, Finalists: Not-for-Profit Technology Innovator of the Year ?
Service Region: India
Sponsor Type: Global Play Alliance
Headstreams is a 10 years old NGO, based in Bengaluru and working in rural and urban areas of Karnataka namely Bengaluru, Hosakote and Kolar. The organisation focuses on promoting self-reliance and facilitating human and community development by creating self-directed learning spaces.
Over the last 10 years , the organisation has implemented field programmes that have impacted more than 15,000 children by integrating joy in learning through play-based learning programmes, empowered over 1000 youth through employability and life -skills training, trained over 1000 women across 52 Self Help Groups (SHGs) to become entrepreneurs and equipped more than 200 government school teachers to become empathetic teachers.
Headstreams has been implementing award-winning play based language acquisition and life skills and tablet based programmes, implemented across 43 government schools. It is now in the process of setting up Children’s Library and Activity Programme (CLAP) centres in schools. CLAP creates self-directed learning spaces in schools to address the needs of marginalised students and to ensure learning is effective, fun and engaging. Through creative, arts and movement based activities, play based digital tools and games, self- directed learning spaces allow learners to explore projects of their choices and learn at their own pace and comfort.
Headstreams has used this innovative approach to transform even a public library and a juvenile observation home into a self-directed, playful learning and creative learning centre.