Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SSRBM Kids Meet New Friends at DSS Bavdhan Center

पुण्यातल्या बावधन भागामधे बांधकाम मजुरांच्या मुलांसाठी ‘डोअर स्टेप स्कूल’तर्फे वर्ग चालवला जातो. साधारण तीन वर्षांपासून ते चौदा वर्षांपर्यंतची मुले दररोज या वर्गाला येतात. ‘डोअर स्टेप स्कूल’च्या शिक्षिका या मुलांना मराठी अक्षर ओळख, अंक ओळख, वाचन, लेखन, तसेच विविध खेळ व प्रकल्प शिकवतात. बावधन भागातच ‘श्री श्री रविशंकर बालमंदीर’ ही लहान मुलांची शाळा आहे. या शाळेतील मुलांनी व शिक्षिकांनी नुकतीच ‘डोअर स्टेप स्कूल’च्या बांधकाम साईटवरील वर्गाला भेट दिली. बालमंदीराच्या मुलांनी पपेटच्या माध्यमातून एक गोष्ट सादर केली. त्यांच्यासोबत आलेल्या शिक्षिका ज्योत्स्नाताई यांनी दोन्ही गटातल्या मुलांचे एकत्रित खेळ घेतले. मुलांनी एकत्र गाणी म्हटली आणि डान्सही केला. दोन्हीकडील मुलांच्या चेहर्‍यांवर नवीन मित्र मिळाल्याचा आनंद स्पष्ट दिसत होता.

श्री श्री रविशंकर बालमंदीरच्या संचालिका सायली कुलकर्णी यांनी या भेटीबाबतचा अनुभव छान शब्दांत लिहून पाठवला आहे.

आज डोअर स्टेप स्कूलच्या बावधन प्रकल्पाला भेट देण्याचा योग आला. आणि त्या योगाने एका मस्त अश्या छोट्या दोस्ताची ओळख झाली. 'हरी' - हरिहर यादव, वय वर्ष अवघे १० ते १२ असावे. बांधकाम करणाऱ्या कामगारांचा मुलगा. 'हरी' - पहात क्षणी नजर खिळवून ठेवणारे चुणचुणीत व्यक्तिमत्त्व. खरेतर या वयाची बरीचशी मुले अशीच असतात. पण हा हरी मनाच्या कोपऱ्यात घर करून गेला ते वेगळ्याच कारणाने. ते म्हणजे - हरीची सगळ्या ऍक्टिव्हिटीज मध्ये असणारी इनव्हॉलमेंट. आसपासच्या मुलांची चुळबुळ, आजूबाजूने येणारे मोठे आवाज, काढले जात असणारे फोटोज, या आणि यांसारख्या कोणत्याही व्यत्ययांचा त्याच्या एकाग्रतेवर काडीचाही फरक पडत नव्हता. गाणे म्हणणे, नाच करणे यांसारख्या कृती तो अगदी १००% करत होता. भूत-भविष्याचा कसलाही परिणाम न जुमानणारा, साधनामग्न योगीच जणू हरीच्या रूपात माझ्यासमोर होता. मनात विचार आला की, परमेश्वराचे कार्यमग्न हरिरूप असेच असेल का? आणि मग दिवसभर मनात या हरी नामाचा गजर रंगला. आपण स्वतः खरंच प्रत्येक गोष्ट एवढी मनापासून, १००% करतो का? भूतकाळातील अनावश्यक ओझी नि भविष्याची अकारण चिंता यामध्ये वर्तमानात जगणे विसरूनच जातो. कोण आपल्याबद्दल काय विचार करेल नि काय म्हणेल, यात नैसर्गिक हालचालींवर बंधने आणतो. आजूबाजूच्या छोट्या छोट्या अडचणी घेऊन स्वतःच स्वतःपुढे व्यत्ययांचे मोठे डोंगर उभे करतो. आज या हरीच्या रूपाने पुन्हा एकवार स्वतःला ओळखण्याची, स्वतःच्या जवळ जाण्याची संधी मिळाली. आणि या मुलांना काहीतरी द्यायला गेलेल्या मलाच खूप काही असे मिळून गेले. आज मला या 'हरी'च्या रूपाने जणू माझ्यातील 'हरी' भेटला.

- सायली कुलकर्णी


Friday, April 7, 2017

Taking Education to Every Child’s Doorstep…

Thousands of people migrate every day from villages to cities in search of employment. The industrial and infrastructural developments in a city like Pune attract people from various states in the country. Majority of the migrants are unskilled and semi-skilled labourers, who often get employed on construction sites coming up everywhere in and around the city. Usually, the labourer families are provided hutments in the construction premises. The families include children from various age groups, who keep moving from one place to another along with their parents. Most of them do not speak the local language and prefer to avoid unnecessary local interaction. Due to lack of awareness or special attention, the children remain deprived of education during the parents’ struggle for survival. Around 15 years ago, Door Step School identified the need and decided to provide learning opportunities for these children at their own doorstep. The concept of Educational Activity Centers was thus developed and implemented at various construction sites in Pune.

Over the years, there have been lots of experiments and changes in the original model of a construction site class. However, the objective with which it was started and the passion with which it was being run have remained unchanged. The Project Foundation team of Door Step School recently decided to exhibit the journey and methodology of these centers, for the knowledge of various stakeholders involved in the cause. An open-to-all exhibition was organized at the labour camp on Clover Forest County construction site in Kharadi, Pune on 17th and 18th of March 2017.

Colourful charts were put up displaying information about the organization and various steps and procedures to start and run an Educational Activity Center on a construction site. Books and teaching aids specially designed by Door Step School for these children were made available for the visitors to view. The exhibition counters were manned by DSS teachers and the children actually benefitted by the EACs being run at nearby construction sites. Layout of a typical EAC and its functioning were explained through 3D models prepared by the teachers. Visitors were also taken on a tour to the actual EAC on this construction site – which consists of a Balwadi, a Study Class, and a Literacy Class, in a semi-constructed facility provided by the builder.

The teachers and children explained to the visitors, how events are celebrated and science activities are conducted at the centers. Evaluation methods and registers maintained for tracking children’s progress were put on display, along with drawings and craft items prepared by the children. At one stall, children narrated their own journey from dirty and careless appearance to proper health and hygiene habits, while at another stall, children performed science experiments like eruption of a volcano and functioning of a handpump.

The exhibition was visited by teachers and children from other centers and projects of Door Step School, along with volunteers and representatives of funding partners. It was an opportunity for individuals and organizations interested in starting such educational activities for children from similar background in the city or outside. The Door Step School team behind organizing this exhibition was led by Nagesh Alkunte, Dipika  Pawar, Tehasin Shaikh, and Meghna Vittubone. The teachers Kalpana Talekar, Neeta Bhalerao, Sajna Tikhole, and Namrta shinde took efforts in preparation, display, and overall management of the event, with enthusiastic and tireless participation from the children.




Monday, April 3, 2017

Connecting Schools and Parents through Meetings

Involving parents in their child's education is a challenging task. The Every Child Counts (ECC) team organizes frequent meetings and programmes for parents, at communities and in schools. The objective is creating awareness among parents about education, explaining school admission process to them, and answering their queries and doubts about children and schools.

Initially, ECC team conducted these meetings only on community level. However, with increasing participation and support from school authorities, these meetings are now being conducted inside the schools. This helps parents in knowing the school environment where their children will be going every day and it also helps them interact with teachers directly.

In the Haveli Block of Pune District, ECC team is conducting meetings for parents at Zilla Parishad schools. The Block Education Officer Ms. Jyoti Parihar Madam is personally attending these meetings to interact with parents. She is trying to understand their challenges, whether they are getting proper support from school or not, and also if there are any other requirements. Recently these meetings were conducted at Bakori ZP school and Kesnand ZP School. The meeting at Kesnand school was also attended by Hon. Sarpanch of the village and members of school management committee.

This serves as a platform for the parents to express their experiences and challenges. After talking with the teachers and authorities like BEO, they seem to start feeling positive about school and the entire system. While sharing improvements observed in their children, they felt very excited. Some of them also felt guilty that they are not able to think for their children beyond basic needs due to their struggle for survival. They got very emotional while talking about their children and the help offered by ECC team and school teachers. This has also helped in sensitizing the school teachers about ground level situation and practical challenges before the parents.

The government officer and school teachers appreciated ECC team for their persistent efforts and systematic work. The parents are also thankful to the team for helping their children learn. This kind of experience is a moral booster for the entire team.

Few more meetings will be arranged in this month, to ensure positive turnout from parents and schools in the next academic year.

(Reported by Dattatray Vetal and team, Door Step School, Pune)



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Picture Is Changing…

In the year 2009-10, Government of India declared free and compulsory elementary education for all children between 6 and 14 years of age, through the Right To Education (RTE) Act. Door Step School (DSS) was already working for education of children in and around Pune city, who were left out of formal schooling system due to various reasons. An opportunity was identified through the RTE Act, to help many out-of-school children in getting enrolled in formal schools. The Every Child Counts (ECC) campaign was thus launched in Pune in year 2011. Surveys were conducted of temporary slums, construction sites, brick kilns, and other such communities where out-of-school children could be found. These children were taken to nearby government schools by creating awareness among their parents. The ECC team also followed up to ensure that these children are attending schools regularly.

Recently, a get-together was organized by Door Step School, for children and parents from migrant communities in Vishrantwadi and Dhanori areas within Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits. These children were enrolled in government schools between 2013 and 2015, and they have continued their education through last three years. The team identified 28 such children in this area and approached their parents for the get-together. A total of 18 children and 8 parents attended the programme on Sunday, 5th of March 2017 at Ayyappa Garden, Dhanori. The idea was to appreciate and encourage these children and parents for continuing education despite all odds.

The children spoke about their experience of starting to attend a formal school. Many of them were first generation learners, with no background of education at home. Almost all of them mentioned that they were first afraid of entering a school and did not even know the local language, Marathi, at that time. They were also worried about how other students and teachers would treat them. The new surroundings were daunting and fear of rejection was very real.

One of the children, Renuka, was enrolled in 3rd standard according to her age that time. Initially, she was not at all interested in school as she could not understand anything taught there. However, the teachers helped her overcome the initial hurdles and she has now reached 7th standard. Her parents had to migrate frequently due to nature of their work. But very soon they realized that this is causing disturbance in Renuka’s education. Hence, they took a room in this area on rent so that the family could stay at one place through all these years. Renuka is now very much interested in attending the school and studying various subjects. She wants to become a teacher when she grows up. When asked the reason, she replied that she wants to educate other girls like her and help them become independent!

Gangaram Rathod was also enrolled in 3rd standard in a nearby government school. His parents had migrated from Bihar to Pune in year 2013 in search of employment. Since the family was struggling for survival, education of the child could not be a priority. Even when the ECC team approached these parents for Gangaram’s school admission, they said that we are here only for a short while and will move back to our native place soon. They also kept saying that Marathi is not our language, we will send our children to a school in our village when we move back. The team persistently followed up with the parents and enrolled Gangaram in 3rd standard according to his age that time. The family still lives in Pune and Gangaram is now in 7th standard. This year, we arranged a bicycle for him for commuting to school everyday on his own. His parents are now keen to continue his education. Their job demands them to migrate frequently, but they are now looking for a hostel for Gangaram so that his education is continued. Gangaram aspires to pursue higher education in computer engineering.

There are many other children like Renuka and Gangaram, who needed the initial support to start their education. Now they are fond of school, have learnt and mastered the local language, and have also made local friends. The parents took some time in believing what ECC team was telling them. But eventually they were convinced that only education can bring positive change in their children’s lives. The parents were happy and proud of their children dreaming big and progressing in that direction. They do not want their children to struggle in the same way they have done throughout their life. The parents realize that dreams of their children are too big, but they at least expect them to be skilled workers and get assured jobs instead of being mere labourers on daily wages. The children and parents both are now ready to face any challenges coming in the way.

There were few fun games for the parents at the event. Children were happy to cheer up for their parents, and the parents played and won and fought like children. The get-together also included a storytelling session by Mr. Ajay Dasgupta of The Kahani Project. He gave the children few insights on what they can do today instead of waiting to grow up for doing something. Children and their parents equally enjoyed the story told by Ajay, which taught children how to face and conquer fear. Ajay advised the children to convert their biggest fear into their best friend, so that they can achieve anything in life.

The children continuing their education throughout these years were felicitated along with their parents. The ECC team believes that this kind of interaction helps strengthen the trust and build up the confidence, bringing positive change in parents’ approach towards children’s education.

A similar get-together was organized for another group of children enrolled from Bhosari, Dighi, and Moshi areas in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) limits. This programme was held on 26th of March 2017 at Bhosari Garden on Pune-Nashik Highway. Around 70 parents and 107 children from 15 locations participated in this event. The parents are daily wage labourers, mostly coming from other states. After persistent efforts by the ECC-PCMC team, the parents have realized importance of education in their children’s lives. In spite of uncertain nature of work, they are now staying at one location since last couple of years, so that their children can continue attending the school they were enrolled into. Even children from highly migrant communities in Phuge Vasti and other areas are now seen regularly going to schools.

Volunteers from Wipro and few other individuals helped the ECC team in organizing games for children and parents at this get-together.

We hope to see many more children get into mainstream of formal education and continue attending schools by overcoming the challenges thrown at them by life. Door Step School is all geared up to help them progress towards achieving their dreams.

(Events organized and reported by: Ravindra Thakare, Gauri Katkar, Sadashiv Satpute, Manjiri Diwe, Sanika Patwardhan, Ankita Yadav, Door Step School, Pune team.)




Friday, March 24, 2017

Get-together of Children in PCMC area


The 'Every Child Counts' (ECC) team is working in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad (PCMC) cities since year 2011, for survey and enrollment of out-of-school children. We are in touch with children enrolled from Bhosari, Dighi, and Moshi areas between year 2013 and 2015 by ECC PCMC team. A get-together has been organized for these children still continuing their education, and their parents. They will share their experiences and challenges faced by them.​

​​Date:  Sunday, 26th of March 2017
​​Time: 9:30am to 1:00pm
Venue: Bhosari Sahal Kendra, Behind Ankush Landge Sabhagruh, Bhosari, Pune - 18

​Contact Person​s:
Sadashiv: 9921970796 / 8856830884
Manjiri tai: 8600217598 / 7248915899

Do join us in felicitating and encouraging them.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Creating An Aware Future Generation…

Children living in slums are more exposed to hard facts of life. In absence of proper guidance, they can easily fall for any wrong habits. Addiction to smoking and drinking is one of such obvious threats. Children witness the effects of addiction on people’s health, personal, family , and social life. It really depends on the situation how children respond to this.

Door Step School runs Community Learning Centers (CLCs) in three slum areas of Pune city. This is an effort to provide learning resources and learning environment to children. Along with helping them in studies, we also try to impart life skills and good habits through various activities at the center. Kumar Nirmaan is one such programme, in which children are encouraged to identify and solve their own problems. The children from Dattawadi area on Sinhgad Road, Pune recently decided to act upon the noticeable problem of smoking and drinking addiction among the community.

Children came up with the idea of holding an Anti-smoking Anti-drinking Rally in the slum. They discussed this with the CLC teachers and Kumar Nirmaan volunteers. Around 40 children between 10 and 15 years age participated in this activity. They prepared slogans and placards, assigned tasks and responsibilities among themselves, and conducted this rally from Ganesh Mala to Dattawadi center on 18th of March 2017. Volunteers Shailesh and Pranali helped them organize the activity. Children from Dattawadi and Vaiduwadi slums were involved in this.

People in the community were curiously watching these children shouting slogans and displaying placards against smoking and drinking habits. We don’t know how many of them would take the children seriously, but we are very sure that the children themselves would be more serious and aware about this issue when they grow up. And that is precisely what we wish to achieve through education - Creating an aware future generation!

(Reported by Sunita Bhalerao, Door Step School, Pune)

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Annual Exhibition by Parivartan Training Center – Comprehension 2017

Door Step School’s Parivartan Training Center organized their annual exhibition, based on the theme of ‘Comprehension, from 1st to 10th of February 2017. It was held at Annabhau Sathe School on Kumathekar Road, Pune.  This was the seventh successful year of the exhibition. Theme for last year’s exhibition was ‘Multiple Intelligence’.

Learning is a continuous process. Also, comprehension and intellect go hand in hand. These two fundamental goals were considered centrally while designing this year’s exhibition. How children can grasp better with school’s teaching methodologies and which educational aids can be used for achieving better understanding for children… These points were considered while explaining various concepts of different subjects.

Comprehension, being a vast concept pertaining to brain functioning, was explained in the exhibition with help of theory as well as other aids. The theory consisted of history before dawn of ‘Study of Comprehension’ and the journey till ‘how to achieve better learning through comprehension theories’. This was illustrated with the help of many examples, diagrams, drawings as well as few poems based on concepts of comprehension. While arranging the display of comprehension concepts, various subjects such as languages, mathematics, sciences, geography, social sciences were touched upon considering children’s age. Since emotions also carry impact on comprehension of children, this aspect was as well considered while preparing educational aids.

The exhibition was visited by Door Step School staff from all projects, representatives of other NGOs, dignitaries from Government Education Department, teachers and students from Municipal Corporation, Zilla Parishad, and private schools. Around 1,260 visitors were registered during the span of 10 days of this event. The event was received well and response was positive.

Looking at the written as well as face-to-face feedback from visitors, a common opinion was heard that “The comprehension concepts and overall theme were well explained in simple and easy manner, with help of various tools and charts.” We are satisfied that we could illustrate the topic of comprehension convincingly to the large number of visitors.

Few chosen feedbacks from all we received…

“Scientific information about comprehension is very useful. All the trainers explained the concepts with in-depth knowledge. Very good illustrations. Excellent presentation. All the content presented is extremely child-friendly. Many congratulations to all! This initiative is very helpful for children from Municipal schools.” – Smt. Shubhangi Chavan, Education Officer, Pune Municipal Corporation’s School Board

“Comprehension concepts explained very effectively. Presentation was very relevant to the subject. Wow! Such complicated subject… displayed and explained with lot of ease.  Science, Mathematics, languages, emotions, geography… All the material presented will surely help development of learning experience for children.” - Shirish Kulkarni, Professional Trainer

(Reported by:- Rutuja, Vandana, Neha – Parivartan Training Center, Door Step School, Pune; Translated by:- Gauri Joglekar, Volunteer)






परिवर्तन प्रशिक्षण केंद्राचे वार्षिक प्रदर्शन – आकलन २०१७

‘डोअर स्टेप स्कूल’अंतर्गत चालणा-या ‘परिवर्तन प्रशिक्षण केंद्रा’त दरवर्षीप्रमाणे यंदाही वार्षिक प्रदर्शन आयोजित करण्यात आले. ‘आकलन’ या संकल्पनेवर आधारीत हे प्रदर्शन दिनांक १ फेब्रुवारी ते १० फेब्रुवारी २०१७ दरम्यान कुमठेकर रोड, पुणे येथील अण्णाभाऊ साठे शाळेमध्ये भरवण्यात आले. प्रदर्शनाचे यंदाचे हे सातवे वर्ष होते. गेल्या वर्षी ‘बहुविध बुद्धिमत्ता’ या विषयावर प्रदर्शन भरवण्यात आले होते.

शिकणे ही निरंतर चालणारी प्रक्रिया आहे. बुद्धिमत्तेचा आणि आकलनचा सहसंबंध असतो, या उद्देशाला धरुन यंदाच्या प्रदर्शन-विषयाची मांडणी करण्यात आली. शालेय शिक्षण पद्धतीमध्ये मुलांचे आकलन कसे होईल किंवा कोणत्या शैक्षणिक साधन- साहित्याच्या माध्यमातून मुलांचे आकलन अधिक चांगले, होईल याचा विचार करुन विविध विषयातून संकल्पना स्पष्ट करण्याचा प्रयत्न केला.

आकलन ही मेंदू-आधारीत व्यापक संकल्पना असल्याने, प्रदर्शनामध्ये त्याची मांडणी थिअरी व साधने यांच्या स्वरुपात करण्यात आली. या आकलनाच्या थिअरीमध्ये आकलन शास्त्राच्या जन्माअगोदरच्या इतिहासापासून ते ‘आकलन-आधारीत शिकणे आनंदाचे कसे होईल?’ इथपर्यंतचे मुद्दे विविध उदाहरणे, आकृत्या, चित्रांच्या माध्यमातून, तसेच आकलन आधारीत कवितांच्या माध्यमातून मांडण्याचा प्रयत्न केला गेला. आकलन आधारीत साधनांची मांडणी करण्यासाठी विविध शालेय विषय जसे की, भाषा, गणित, भूगोल, सामाजिक शास्त्रे, व विज्ञान यांवर आधारीत शैक्षणिक साधने मुलांच्या वयोगटाचा विचार करुन बनविण्यात आली. तसेच मुलांच्या आकलनप्रक्रियेवर ‘भावना’ या घटकाचाही परिणाम होत असल्याने याचाही समावेश शैक्षणिक साधने बनविण्यासाठी केला होता.

सदरचे प्रदर्शन बघण्यासाठी ‘डोअर स्टेप स्कूल’चे सर्व प्रकल्पांमधील कर्मचारी कार्यकर्ते, इतर स्वयंसेवी संस्थांचे प्रतिनिधी, तसेच मनपा शिक्षण मंडळातील सदस्य, महानगरपालिका, जिल्हा परिषद, आणि खाजगी शाळेतील शिक्षकांनी व मुलांनी या प्रदर्शनास भेट दिली. प्रदर्शनाच्या या १० दिवसांच्या कालावधीमध्ये एकूण १,२६० लोकांनी प्रदर्शनास भेट दिली. या प्रदर्शनास लोकांचा चांगला प्रतिसाद मिळाला.

प्रदर्शन बघण्यासाठी आलेल्या लोकांकडून मिळालेले लेखी व तोंडी अभिप्राय यांचा आढावा घेतला असता, “एकंदरच ‘आकलन’ या विषयाची मांडणी तक्ते व साधने यांच्या माध्यमातून सोप्या व साध्या भाषेत अतिशय चांगल्या प्रकारे केली आहे,” असे मत अनेकांनी व्यक्त केलेले दिसते. ‘परिवर्तन’ने सादर केलेला ‘आकलन’ हा विषय जास्तीत जास्त लोकांपर्यंत पोहचवता आला याचे आम्हाला समाधान आहे.

प्रदर्शनास मिळालेल्या अभिप्रायापैकी काही निवडक अभिप्राय –

“आकलनासंबंधी शास्त्रीय माहिती खूप उपयुक्त आहे. सर्व ट्रेनरची माहिती देण्याची पद्धत अभ्यासपूर्ण आहे. स्पष्टीकरण उत्तम. विषय मांडणी उत्तम. सर्व साहित्य चाइल्ड-फ्रेंडली आहे. सर्वांचे मनःपूर्वक अभिनंदन ! मनपा शाळेतील विद्यार्थ्यांसाठी अतिशय उपयुक्त उपक्रम आहे.” – श्रीमती शुभांगी चव्हाण, शिक्षणप्रमुख, पुणे मनपा शिक्षण मंडळ

“आकलन या संदर्भातील माहिती, मांडणी अतिशय प्रभावी आणि सुसंगत. इतका अवघड विषय इतक्या सुंदर पद्धतीने मांडलाय, की व्वा….! सायन्स, गणित, भाषा, भावना, भूगोल इथली साहित्य अतिशय कष्टपूर्वक मुलांच्या विकासाला खात्रीने मदत करतील असे !” – श्री. शिरीष कुलकर्णी, व्यावसायिक प्रशिक्षक

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