Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Education in its different forms...

Door Step School works towards the education of underprivileged children through various innovative methods and programs. School on Wheels has been our signature program since 1998-99, where a bus is fully remodeled to serve as a mobile classroom and library. Currently 6 School on Wheels are covering 24 locations and reaching out to 650 to 700 children everyday. In such a scenario, safety of our children and staff becomes very important.

DSS organised a fire extinguishing training for our School on Wheels team on January 5, 2019 at our head office in Aundh. The training was conducted by Fire Care Services and received by 30 teachers, 11 drivers, 3 supervisors and 2 coordinators. The entire team got a hands on, on how to use the fire extinguisher in case of an emergency.

Fire Extinguisher training in process

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Clown Popo visits School on Wheels children.

On 17th December 2018, Door Step School in association with Clowns without Borders and Red Nose Entertainment arranged a program named Clown Popo and made our children laugh through the magic of theatre and clowns. Clowns without Borders is an International organization in Sweden that performs for children and brings laughter and healing for a brief moment in their lives.

We arranged this program for 50 children from different sites at Adi Shakti Yoga Hall on Sus Road in Pune. The act consisted of 3 characters and was based on some of the scenes from Mahabharata. In addition to this, the act had a comic tone because of which children had great fun. Children enjoyed a lot and especially the magic trick made all children curious about how it was performed. All children enjoyed to the core and requested the team to visit our NGO again so that they could watch a new story and have a gala time.

Children engrossed in the show.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Following the leader's footsteps....

After Rajani tai's felicitation for the Teacher Warrior award, we have one of our teacher's, Ms. Monika Hiwale who received the IIHM Teachers Day Award.

Every year International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) felicitates teachers on occasion of Teachers' Day on September 5. This is a unique initiative by IIHM in association with the International Hospitality Council, London & Delhi. Educators across the country look forward to this event as valuable contributions towards improvement of the education sector, are appreciated through this initiative.This year, Ms. Monika Hiwale from Door Step School, Pune was awarded the IIHM Teachers Day Award. 

Ms. Monika joined DSS in May 2007 as a Teacher. Currently she is responsible for our Janta Vasahat Community Learning Center on Senapati Bapat road and manages a class of 30 students. Her strengths include detailed planning, regularity, punctuality and her willingness to learn new things and impart knowledge to her students. Owing to these qualities, she has been given more responsibilities of taking life skill sessions, conducting Science experiments and helping children with their Scholarship studies. She is a very warm person with a great rapport with students as well as team mates.

Heartiest congratulations to Ms. Hiwale for bagging this excellence award!

Ms. Monika receiving the award

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

One more feather in her cap...

Rajani tai was awarded the Annual Teacher Warrior Award by Scoo News at a function held at the City Palace, Udaipur on August 3, 2018. Scoo News appreciated her invaluable contribution to education and felicitated her with other such warriors at their Global Educators Fest 2018.

With her dream to ensure that every child in the country gets access to education and becomes capable to read and write she continues her efforts to impart education to children across the country, and help the disadvantaged sections of society.

To read more about the Fest and Rajani tai’s talk, please visit

Rajani tai receiving the award

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A performance for a cause....

Disha is a XII grade student from Fremont, California. She has been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 10 years under the guidance of her Gurus Smt. Suganda Sreenath and Kum. Shreya Iyer of Jayendra Kalakendra. Recently, Disha completed her Arangetram in the US and wanted to combine her passion for dance and value for education together. While visiting her relatives in Pune India, she came up with an idea for a fundraiser performance and selected Door Step School as her charity. Disha performed various Bharatanatyam items to a captive audience for an hour and donated the amount raised from the event to Door Step School, Pune.

It was a mesmerising performance depicting her passion for dance and inclination to do good towards the society. Disha says,” I visited a few projects of Door Step School in Pune including their School on Wheels and Educational Activity center at a construction site. These visits helped me see the value of contributing to the cause of educating the "invisible children" of construction workers, slum dwellers and migrant workers in Pune. I realized how privileged I was to have a good education and felt strongly the need to help give the same to these children".

True to her name she has helped in giving a direction to the children of DSS by her contribution.
We express our heartfelt gratitude to Disha and her entire family who supported her for the cause and wish her all the very best for her future.

Disha during her performance

Contributed by Mrs. Sonali Kurane.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Rajani tai at IIE, Pune to commemorate the 100th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Chitra Naik

Rajani tai was invited to speak at Indian Institute of Education,Pune on July 15, 2018 on the 100th birth anniversary of Dr. Chitra Naik, known for her contribution in the field of education.  A common thread that binds Dr. Naik and Rajani tai together is their passion for eduaction with focus on non-formal education and education for children from marginalised communitites.

While addressing the students of IIE, Rajani tai emphasized on the importance of offering education to children from underprivileged communities by understanding their needs and challenges. A different and more practical curriculum could also be designed for these children. It is the only way to develop an interest for education in them and hope to spread literacy.

Rajani tai's speech was covered by Sakal Today, July 17, 2018

One more "School on Wheels" added to the fleet.

We are glad to announce the addition of one more School on Wheels to our fleet of 4 buses. Door Step School, Pune inaugurated its 5th School on Wheels on 19th July 2018.Supported under NICE Interactive Solutions India Private Ltd.'s CSR initiative, this bus will serve as a mobile classroom and a mobile reading room for children living in roadside settlements and construction sites in Pune and PCMC.