Sutradhar

Project Brief: A resource center doing interesting work in the area of designing and dissemminating education materials and toys throughout the country.
Project Type: Resource Centers (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Boston/MIT
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Vaishali Joglekar
Project Partner(s):
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , 17A Cross, Indiranagar Stg 2,,Bangalore,,
KARNATAKA  560 038
Tel: 91 - 080 - 5215191
Stewarding Chapter: Boston/MIT
Dec 2002Boston/MITUSD 1200
Dec 2001SeattleUSD 4000

Total = $5200

Sutradhar is a resource center which aims to provide access to educational innovations to several schools.

It aims to support and multiply the impact of educational innovations, leading to a qualitative improvement in the state of children's education.

CONCEPT Distillation and dispersal
Sutradhar opened in November 1995 in Bangalore. It is set up as an open-access resource bank of creative educational ideas and materials. Over the last decade, many innovations have been developed by educators working in different settings, but these are not widely known or easily available to others who could benefit from them. By pooling and promoting these innovations, a comprehensive resource centre like Sutradhar aims to multiply their impact, thereby minimising waste. While Sutradhar currently serves
Bangalore and Karnataka, it aims to reach out nationwide.
The heart of Sutradhar is a retail outlet and documentation cell where learning resources selected from over 100 groups is offered to parents and teachers. We assist a cross-section of visitors who drop by with different learning needs and help them make the right choice. Some of our visitors include educators working in formal, non-formal and special schools, non-profit organisations,government organisations, and parents, including parents of children with special needs.
Sutradhar was started in 1995 as a non-profit trust to improve the quality of education for children. We are particularly focussed in the use of media in educating children. By "media" we mean toys, games, storybooks and other teaching aids that help children learn.

We believe that a large variety of play materials allows children to learn concepts and make connections – the foundations of early learning.

Sutradhar brings together some of the best innovations in education from across India. In other words, each toy or game from Sutradhar, holds within itself a small but beautiful piece of the Indian culture and context. And this, we believe, makes learning much more meaningful.