Saturday, February 18, 2017

Voting awareness campaign by DSS children

Education does not mean just the ability to read and write. Education should rather make a person more aware and responsible. The children at Door Step School - Community Learning Center (CLC) recently demonstrated their social awareness as well as sense of responsibility.

The citizens of Pune will be voting for Municipal Corporation elections on 21st of February 2017. The children at DSS CLC in Hadapsar decided to create awareness among their own community about importance of voting. They prepared placards with slogans like "Hai ye sab ki zimmedari, Daale vote sabhi nar-nari" (Voting is the duty of every man and woman); "Vote hamara hai anmol, Kabhi na lenge iska mol" (Our vote is precious, we will not sell it), and so on.

Around 25 children took out a morning rally in Vaiduwadi Vasti in Hadapsar. With the placards and sloganeering, the group grabbed attention of people preparing or leaving for work in the morning. Parents of the participating children were amused with this mini-rally, while onlookers were curious to know what these children were promoting.

In the afternoon, children visited households in the community for one-to-one campaigning. They met the ladies at their houses and explained the importance of voting. They also approached the men at corners and shops, requesting them to exercize their right to vote.

Success of this voting awareness campaign will not be measured in number of people voting next week. It will be measured in terms of a more aware and responsible future generation in the making!

(Reported by Tehsin Shaikh, Door Step School, Pune)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

DSS Children at Inter NGO Sports Meet in Pune

Children living in slum areas of the city are often deprived of educational atmosphere at home. Community Learning Centers (CLC) are established to support their education and provide opportunities to learn and perform. Door Step School runs three such CLCs in Pune - Dattawadi (Sinhgad Road), Vadarwadi (SB Road), and Vaiduwadi (Hadapsar). Facilities like study room, library, computer lab, etc. are provided at these CLCs inside the slum areas. Children leverage every opportunity offered to them. And their participation and achievements are not limited to just studies. Given an opportunity, they are seen performing well in sports and arts activities, too.

Around 25 children from all three CLCs participated in the 'Inter NGO Sports Meet' organized by Concern India Foundation at Sanas Ground, Pune on 11th of February 2017. Children took part in various individual and group athletic / sports activities. The CLC girls' team won second prize in Dodgeball. A girl, Parvati from Vaiduwadi (Hadapsar) CLC won Bronze Medal in 400m running.

At Door Step School, we always try to provide opportunities to the children. Their performance and achievements give us a lot of satisfaction and hope!

(Reported by Tehsin Shaikh and Sunita Bhalerao, Door Step School, Pune)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Parivartan Training Center's Annual Exhibition 2017

Comprehension - The Foundation of Learning Process

Training and capacity building of teaching and supporting staff is an integral part of Door Step School's journey towards ensuring 'Education for All'. Through Parivartan Training Center, we are able to identify and meet training needs of not only our own staff, but also of teachers and facilitators from other organizations and schools.

As a part of continuous learning and sharing process, Parivartan Training Center organizes an open-to-all exhibition on yearly basis. Topics covered under the exhibition so far include - brain development and types of intelligence, how to make reading a fun activity, what is an ideal classroom, project method of teaching concepts, etc. The topics are presented in two ways - from academic research findings perspective as well as practical implementation and its challenges and solutions.

This is the seventh year of Parivartan's annual exhibition and this time we have focused on the foundation of any learning process, that is Comprehension. We understand that comprehension is an internal process and the speed and level of comprehension differ from person to person, in our case - from child to child. It is important for every teacher to estimate how much of the content children are able to comprehend. We, at Door Step School, have been developing innovative tools for children and teachers to explore this concept from multiple perspectives. This year's exhibition will showcase these concepts and tools about comprehension.

Parivartan Training Center's Annual Exhibition
Theme: Comprehension
When: 01/02/2017 to 08/02/2017 (including Sunday), 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Door Step School's Parivartan Training Center, Annabhau Sathe School, Kumthekar Road, Sadashiv Peth, Pune.
For whom: Teachers, parents, students, educationists, and anybody interested in the learning process of children.

Entry is open to all. For more details, please contact:
Team Parivartan 9766337435

TTY Sanitation Facilities Inaugurated: Indian Express News

Teach Them Young: Sanitation facilities inaugurated
The Indian Express, Pune | Monday, January 30, 2017

News about sanitation facilities provided at Gopal Krishna Primary School, Gokhalenagar, under Teach Them Young project by Door Step School, with CSR support from 3DPLM Software Solutions, Hinjawadi, Pune.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fun Fair for Children and Parents

Children from migrant families are often seen left out of schools, mainly due to their frequently changing living conditions. We, at Door Step School, try to identify practical difficulties of this section in the society. Different solutions are offered to handle community-specific challenges. It takes considerable time to gain trust of the parents. But once it is achieved, the results are very satisfactory and motivating.

One of our projects focuses on parents' participation in their child's education. We have been working in Baner-Balewadi area with certain groups of migrant families. After repeated visits to their houses and rigorous follow-up meetings, we could convince and help most of the parents in sending their children to schools. But the job is not over just with school admissions. A bigger challenge is to retain the children in schools despite language differences, daily commuting issues, mixed responses from the schools, and such other barriers. We are happy with the results so far in case of these families from Baner-Balewadi area. We decided to arrange a gathering for these people as a follow-up meet on larger scale.

A fun-fair was thus organized on 15th of January 2017, at an open ground in Baner. A small stage was set up for children to dance and play. Door Step School team presented street play on importance of education. Basic sanitation points were discussed with parents and children under WASH activity. All the attendees enjoyed fun activities as well as special snacks items arranged at the fair.

Our team was very well supported by enthusiastic group of volunteers from Wipro, Hinjawadi. They helped us in conducting various activities for parents and children. Local Municipal Corporator Mr. Baburao Chandere and social worker Mr. Lahu Balwadkar helped us in arranging the venue. They visited the fun fair for inauguration.

Around 80 parents and 180 children attended the fun fair. These parents have come to Pune in search of employment, from remote villages in Maharashtra as well as other states like Bihar, Karnataka, and Chhattisgarh. They live around Baner, Balewadi, Pimple Nilakh areas and work on construction sites or other such places on daily wages. The team has been working with them since almost an year now. Most of the children have been enrolled in nearby government schools and all efforts are being taken to retain them there until the families migrate to another location within or outside the city.

(Reported by Harish Phadke, Door Step School)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sanitation Facilities in Schools under CSR Initiative

Door Step School, an NGO working for education of underprivileged children in Pune, has taken up this challenge along with 3DPLM Software Solutions Ltd., an IT company located in Hinjawadi-Pune, to create awareness about importance of sanitation and cleanliness among school-going children under the project 'Teach Them Young'. Personal hygiene and sanitation habits are being taught to children in primary schools across Pune city. One of the objectives of this project is to ensure basic infrastructural facilities in the schools. These include sufficient water supply, separate and clean toilets for boys and girls, monitored mid-day meal activity in government and private schools, etc.

3DPLM Software Solutions Limited is 2nd largest R&D lab of 3DS & an integral part of DS ecosystem. 3DPLM’s CSR – ‘the 3D-way of giving back’ is committed to create a positive, sustainable transformation in the community through passionate and dedicated efforts of the organization and its employees. As an organization, 3DPLM has always been a socially aware entity, and has been consciously contributing towards the welfare of the underprivileged sections of the society through various events & initiatives.

The company has come forward to help Gopal Krishna Primary School, a Government-aided private school in Gokhalenagar area of Pune. This school provides education to children from economically weaker section, at nominal tuition fees. Around 175 children are enrolled in this school studying from first to fourth standards. The basic sanitation facilities such as toilets, water storage tank, wash basin, etc. have been provided at the school, under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of 3DPLM Software Solutions Ltd. An inauguration event of these facilities was held in the school on 10th January, 2017.  Mr. Rajiv Naithani, Director HR from 3DPLM Software Solutions Ltd. was the Chief Guest during the programme. There were many volunteers from this company who joined this program, along with Door Step School representatives, and teachers from Gopal Krishna Primary School.

Apart from this private school, 3DPLM has also supported construction and renovation of sanitation facilities like separate toilets/Washrooms for girls and boys studying at a Zilla Parishad Primary School in Kondhwe-Dhawade village. A separate storage tank has been provided to store drinking water. Also, water filters have been installed in the school under CSR initiative of the company. Around 350 students from first to seventh standard will be benefitted by the improved facilities in this school.

With a vision of giving back to the society and helping inclusive growth of deprived community, 3DPLM has been supporting education and child welfare activities in Pune. With such positive support, Door Step School is planning to extend the sanitation project to more Government and private schools in the city.

3DPLM Software Solutions -
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पुण्यातील वंचित मुलांच्या शिक्षणासाठी काम करणा-या ‘डोअर स्टेप स्कूल’ या स्वयंसेवी संस्थेने हिंजवडी येथील ‘थ्रीडीपीएलएम सॉफ्टवेअर सोल्युशन्स लि.’ या माहिती तंत्रज्ञान क्षेत्रातील कंपनीच्या मदतीने शालेय विद्यार्थ्यांना योग्य वयातच स्वच्छतेच्या सवयी लावण्यासाठी व शाळांमधून स्वच्छतेच्या सुविधा उपलब्ध करुन देण्यासाठी ‘लहानपणीच गिरवू धडे’ हा उपक्रम सुरु केला आहे. पुणे शहरातील काही सरकारी व खाजगी प्राथमिक शाळांमधील मुलांना स्वच्छतेचे धडे दिले जात आहेत. याअंतर्गत शाळांमधे स्वच्छतेच्या सुविधा, उदाहरणार्थ पुरेसा पाणीपुरवठा, मुला-मुलींसाठी स्वतंत्र व वापरण्यायोग्य स्वच्छतागृहे यांची उपलब्धता करुन घेतली जात आहे, तसेच नियंत्रित मध्यान्ह भोजन उपक्रमही राबविण्यात येत आहे.

थ्रीडीपीएलएम सॉफ्टवेअर सोल्युशन्स लिमिटेड ही थ्रीडीएसची दुसरी सर्वात मोठी आर ॲन्ड डी लॅब असून, ती डीएस इकोसिस्टीमचा एक भाग आहे. कंपनीच्या व कर्मचा-यांच्या समर्पित प्रयत्नांमधून समाजात एक सकारात्मक व शाश्वत बदल घडवण्याच्या उद्देशाने थ्रीडीपीएलएमचा ‘सीएसआर’ उपक्रम – ‘दी थ्रीडी वे ऑफ गिव्हींग बॅक’ – राबविला जात आहे. सामाजिक प्रश्नांबाबत थ्रीडीपीएलएम ही कंपनी नेहमीच संवेदनशील राहिली असून, विविध उपक्रमांद्वारे समाजातील वंचित घटकांच्या कल्याणासाठी योगदान देत आली आहे.

पुण्याच्या गोखलेनगर भागातील गोपाळ कृष्ण प्राथमिक शाळा या शासन-अनुदानित खाजगी शाळेच्या मदतीसाठी कंपनीने पुढाकार घेतला आहे. ही शाळा परिसरातील आर्थिक दुर्बळ कुटुंबांमधील मुलांना नाममात्र शुल्क आकारुन शिक्षण उपलब्ध करुन देत आहे. सदर शाळेत पहिली ते चौथीच्या वर्गांमधे साधारण १७५ मुले शिकतात. या शाळेमधे मुला-मुलींसाठी स्वच्छतागृहे, पाण्याची टाकी, वॉश बेसिन आदी स्वच्छतेच्या सुविधा थ्रीडीपीएलएम सॉफ्टवेअर सोल्युशन्स लि. यांच्या कॉर्पोरेट सोशल रिस्पॉन्सिबिलिटी (सीएसआर) उपक्रमांतर्गत पुरविण्यात आल्या आहेत. दि. १० जानेवारी २०१७ रोजी या सुविधांचे उद्घाटन थ्रीडीपीएलएम सॉफ्टवेअरचे संचालक (एचआर) श्री. राजीव नैथानी यांच्या हस्ते करण्यात आले. कंपनीचे इतर अधिकारी व स्वयंसेवक, तसेच ‘डोअर स्टेप स्कूल’ संस्थेचे कार्यकर्ते, शाळेचे पदाधिकारी व शिक्षक यावेळी उपस्थित होते.

या खाजगी अनुदानित शाळेसोबतच, थ्रीडीपीएलएम कंपनीने कोंढवे-धावडे गावातील एका जिल्हा परिषद प्राथमिक शाळेतील स्वच्छतेच्या सुविधांसाठीही निधी उपलब्ध करुन दिला आहे. ‘सीएसआर’अंतर्गत या शाळेत, मुला-मुलींसाठी स्वतंत्र स्वच्छतागृहांची दुरुस्ती, पिण्याच्या पाण्यासाठी स्वतंत्र टाकी, तसेच जलशुद्धीकरण यंत्र (वॉटर फिल्टर) चे काम हाती घेण्यात आले आहे. सदर शाळेत पहिली ते सातवीच्या वर्गांमधे शिकणा-या सुमारे ३५० विद्यार्थ्यांना या सुधारित सुविधांचा लाभ घेता येणार आहे.

समाजाचे देणे फेडण्याच्या व वंचित घटकांच्या सर्वांगीण प्रगतीसाठी मदत करण्याच्या हेतुने थ्रीडीपीएलएम कंपनीतर्फे पुण्यातील शिक्षण व बालकल्याण उपक्रमांना सहाय्य पुरविले जात आहे. अशा सकारात्मक पाठींब्याच्या आधारावर, डोअर स्टेप स्कूल संस्थेने सदर स्वच्छताविषयक उपक्रम शहरातील इतरही सरकारी व खाजगी शाळांमधून राबविण्याचा संकल्प केला आहे.

थ्रीडीपीएलएम सॉफ्टवेअर सोल्युशन्स -
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