Why the IGNITE contest?

Creativity among children is almost in-born, every child is creative, degrees may vary, but not the basic manifestation. Then what happens during the growth and maturation? Why should children stop asking basic questions? Why do they agree to do repetitive science projects instead of being original? Why do they learn to live with unsolved social and professional problems? We should not allow our children to live with such problems rather urge them to come up with solutions to these. We want to promote originality, creativity and innovative spirit among our children so that when they become leaders of our society, they ensure an imaginative, inclusive and an innovative future for the country. We want our children to be more sensitive to the problems faced by not just them and their families or neighbors but also other socially disadvantaged sections of the society.

Diksha Foundation organized the Ignite Contest in Bihar & Uttar Pradesh in partnership with National Innovation Foundation – the programme focused on the districts of Patna, Nalanada & Muzaffarpur in Bihar & Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh reaching a total of 332 government schools and low cost private schools and participation of nearly 10000 children from these four districts.

Five children viz. Ravi Ranjan, Shiv Shankar Kumar, Varsha Kumari,Gautam Kumar and Durgesh Kumar were selected from Bihar for the Ignite National Award . The awards were announced on October 15th, the birth day of children’s favorite Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, celebrated as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by National Innovation Foundation. These were given by at the hands of Dr. Kalam on November 10th, 2012 at IIM Ahmedabad.