|Brand||BENNETT, COLEMAN &CO.|
|Product / Service||THE TIMES OF INDIA|
|Entrant||JWT INDIA Mumbai, INDIA|
|Entrant Company:||JWT INDIA Mumbai, INDIA|
|Advertising Agency:||JWT INDIA Mumbai, INDIA|
|Tista Sen||Jwt||Senior Vicepresident/Executive Creative Director|
|Debu Purkayastha||Jwt||Creative Director/Art Director|
|Vistasp Hodiwala||Jwt||Creative Director/Copywriter|
|Arkadyuti Basu||Jwt||Creative Director/Copywriter|
|Agnello Dias||Jwt||Creative Director/Copywriter|
|Vinayak Gaikwad||Jwt||Art Director|
|Kaviraj Muslonkar||Jwt||Art Director|
|Milind Dhaimade||Equinox Films||Director|
|Anand Iyer||Rdp Films||Director|
|Manoj Shroff||Equinox Films||Producer|
|Satyaki Ghosh||Satyaki Ghosh Photography||Photographer|
India currently has 75 million kids who have never gone to school. And every single day, over 130,000 children are added to this unfortunate statistic. The brief was to change this, all on the back of one simple idea. On the upside however, she also boasts of some of the brightest, most educated people on the planet. The idea behind the Times of India’s Teach India campaign was to bring these two together: people who wanted to teach and those who wanted to learn. All we asked was two hours of their time every week.
Doctors, policemen, housewives, students, celebrities and people from just about every field volunteered to teach. The 120 minutes we asked for became a movement in this nation of a 120 crore (1.2 Billion). 100 of India’s biggest NGOs, schools and other social organisations now have a steady stream of teachers. And this has encouraged them to take in even more students.At last count, the campaign (ably supported by the United Nations) had already inspired 100,000 volunteer-teachers, making this the largest educational programme in the world.As for the client, it reinforced their position as not only reporters of news, but agents of social change.
The campaign was launched with a single, soul-stirring full page on the front page of the Times of India. From there, it went to a full fledged mass-media campaign that went on the television, outdoor and then to every other media that was relevant in reaching the average educated Indian, like cinema halls, on-ground street play and the digital media.