A non-profit group in India called Jodo Gyan is distributing these cheap microscopes to poor kids:
This nifty device is a product of the creative minds at Jodo Gyan, a small nonprofit in New Delhi. “Indian children are not getting to experience all the joy and wonder of science because there is too much emphasis on the memorization and repetition of concepts,” says Usha Menon, a government researcher who founded Jodo Gyan in 1999. “Hundreds of thousands of children are learning without understanding anything.”
Priced at 150 rupees (roughly $4), the microscope is just one of the educational tools created by Jodo Gyan, literally translated as ‘linking knowledge’. Other tools include mathematical card and board games and sticky geometric shapes in a variety of colors. The 30-member group has also led more than 700 teacher-training workshops and runs an alternative primary school that enrolls 54 underprivileged students.
But the microscope remains the star attraction. Jodo Gyan has supplied the instrument to several organizations such as Chennai’s Goodbooks Teacher’s Center and New Delhi’s Pragya, a nonprofit that provides services to neglected, high-altitude areas. These organizations then distribute the microscopes to schools in their localities. Jodo Gyan has also secured two big orders in the last few years from the UN Children’s Fund for use in alternative learning centers in India.
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