Looking back at 2019 with The Walking School Bus and what’s to come for 2020!
As the end of the year approaches, we want to look back at the successes of 2019, and what we have in store for 2020. We want to celebrate the leaps and bounds we have accomplished with our teams in Canada, Uganda, and India through the support of our community at home, and to buckle for an exciting (and impactful!) year ahead!
2019 WAS A LANDMARK YEAR FOR TWSB.
For our second year of operations in India, we conducted (at the time) our largest literacy study to date with 400 students, where we worked with our three partner schools in Uttarakhand. We also worked with Pratham Books, India’s largest Publishing House, to use illustrations from students at the Himalayan Public School to create the STEM storybook ‘How to Solve a Problem like Himani’.
In Uganda, we kickstarted our collaboration with the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Council) and began working with Twajiji Primary school, Alaba Primary School, and Yoyo Secondary School in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. We put down our new and improved BrightBox Macro Solar-powered classroom, conducted our largest literacy study with 1,400 students, established a Pilot Bike Share pilot, a water catchment system, initiated a large-scale Gender-Based analysis to ensure we maintain the prioritization of the equality of female and male students in all our projects, and established a mobile charging revenue model in BrightBoxes to help sustain the classroom, local staff salaries, and infrastructure/technology sustainability.
In Vancouver, we’ve onboarded a group of exceptionally talented and impact-driven volunteers and staff, keeping up with the growth we are experiencing, we raised $100,000 through fundraising campaigns and crowdfunding efforts, and another $40,000 in successful grant applications, all going towards our mission of Impact FIRST and enhancing education globally. And excitingly, we’ve kickstarted a Ping Pong championship at our Downtown Vancouver office with a very talented and competitive cohort!
In 2020, we’ve been funded and requested by the UNHCR to return to Bidibidi in Uganda for another 5 BrightBox Micro installations, we will be initiating operations at the Nakivale Refugee Settlement, we will be expanding Indian operations to Southern India in Kerela with an updated EdTech Curriculum catered for Indian learners, we will be solidifying and growing the TWSB Think Tank and its research outcomes based in Vancouver, we’ll be conducting Expeditions in February, June and July to further our research and projects, and we will be working even more closely with Simbi to optimize our impact globally! (and so much more!)
Thank you for sharing this journey with us, and for sharing the important value of creating meaningful and sustainable impact. Stay tuned as we continue to scale and grow and let us know how YOU want to get more involved!
Originally published at https://thewalkingschoolbus.com on December 28, 2019.