Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Teaching Alphabets...

Teaching alphabets is not an easy task. Under the Grow With Books programme, Door Step School's Book-Fairies teach children by using innovative methods. Most of the methods are play-based and interactive. The objective is to create interest about alphabets and to increase familarity of words. Children in this video are saying aloud the words written on the floor as one of them moves from one word to another...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

'जाणीव सामाजिक बांधिलकीची' - दै. सकाळ

'मॉन्ट व्हर्ट' कन्स्ट्रक्शन ग्रुपच्या बांधकाम साईट्सवर 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'तर्फे चालविल्या जाणा-या शैक्षणिक उपक्रमांबाबत शनिवार, २२ ऑक्टोबर २०१६ च्या दै. सकाळ पुरवणीत प्रसिद्ध झालेली माहिती.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Door Step School at Corporate Diwali Mela

It's festival season and several corpoates supporting Door Step School are organizing Diwali Mela (Fair) across Pune city. These are opportunities for the corporates to introduce NGOs they are supporting, to their employees. We are being invited to put up stalls at the Diwali Melas organized inside the corporate campus or at other locations around. Various gift articles and books are on display at the Door Step School stall. There are greeting cards, pen stands, and tea coasters with drawings of children printed on them. There are beautifully painted Panati (Diyas) for sale. But the best item on our stall is books published by Door Step School. These include workbooks and storybooks used for reading skill improvement programmes at government schools and educational activity centers on construction sites and slums across the city. The visitors to our stall get to know about the methods used to teach children from marginalized and migrant communities. The kids among visitors are attracted to teaching aids and word games specially designed by Door Step School. Overall, it is an opportunity to showcase our work and publications to new people. Through each such event, we gain more supporters for our work. We thank our corporate partners for giving us this opportunity!

(Photos: Door Step School Stall at Harbinger Diwali Mela 2016 in Pune)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Education Makes The Difference!

Every day, thousands of people from several states and villages in India migrate to the city of Pune in search of employment. With the industrial and infrastructural development, Pune keeps attracting people with various backgrounds - from young to old, from unskilled labourers to skilled professionals. The visible differentiating factor among all the migrants is their education, which decides their volume of earning, standard of living, and social status in the city. Fortunately, it is possible to cross the levels by means of education.

The work of educating children from migrant labourer families starts with creating awareness among the parents. Parents' participation is considered to be crucial for education of any child. Door Step School conducts parent awareness activities at the labour habitats and tries persuading the parents to send their children to school. Since the migrant parents are not comfortable enough with the local environment themselves, they are further afraid of sending their children away for any reason. As a result, their children remain deprived of education for the duration they live here in the city. Most of the times due to limited social exposure, the parents cannot even imagine how education could have made a difference in their lives. Door Step School field team has a hard time convincing these parents and getting access to their children.

Our field team is often supported by volunteers from corporates and institutes. These are the educated people who spend their weekends on the ground, understanding the problems and queries of parents, informing them about importance of education and benefits under Right To Education (RTE) Act, and actually helping their children reach schools. In the Baner - Balewadi area, a group of volunteers from 3DPLM Software Solutions, Hinjawadi is helping Door Step School field team in connecting with the parents.

The parents are labourers who usually leave their homes for work before 9 o'clock in the morning. Keeping this in mind, the volunteers turn up as early as 8 AM, sacrificing their weekend plans on Saturdays and Sundays. They start observing activities of our field team for first few meetings, after which they begin participating by talking with the parents and explaining importance of education and benefits of RTE Act, etc. Brahmanand, Shitala Prasad, Namrata, and Bharat are regularly seen at the early morning parent meetings and activities with children. During one such meeting, one of the volunteers, Brahmanand came up with an apt comparison of migration. While talking with the labourers from North Indian states, he said, "Even I am a migrant like you who has come to this city for a job. We hail from the same North Indian states. The only difference between you and me is education. If you want your children to be as successful as I am, please send them to schools now!"

This emotional appeal touched a cord and we could see the changed response of parents in further meetings. The volunteers from 3DPLM Software Solutions have also participated in activities like arranging games for children at the vasti, helping the parents in school enrollment procedure, etc. Door Step School thanks all the volunteers for their concern and support. We are sure that the children and their parents are inspired by them and have understood how education can make a difference in their lives!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

वाचन प्रेरणा दिन - २०१६

भारताचे माजी राष्ट्रपती 'भारतरत्न' डॉ. ए.पी.जे. अब्दुल कलाम यांचा जन्मदिवस (दि. १५ ऑक्टोबर) 'वाचन प्रेरणा दिन' म्हणून साजरा करण्यात येतो. या निमित्ताने यावर्षी पुणे व पिंपरी-चिंचवड येथील शाळांमधून विविध उपक्रमांचे आयोजन करण्यात आले. सर्व शाळांमधून मुलांनीच लिहिलेल्या 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'च्या 'वन पेज स्टोरी' उपक्रमातील गोष्टींचे सामूहिक वाचन घेण्यात आले. या उपक्रमात ज्या विद्यार्थ्यांच्या गोष्टींची निवड झाली होती त्या विद्यार्थ्यांचे 'वाचन प्रेरणा दिना'निमित्त आपापल्या शाळांमधे कौतुक करण्यात आले. मुलांना वाचण्यासाठी प्रेरक वातावरण निर्माण व्हावे म्हणून गोष्टीच्या पुस्तकांची वर्गांमधून मांडणी करण्यात आली होती. काही शाळांमधे विद्यार्थी व शिक्षकांनी एकत्र बसून पुस्तकांचे वाचन केले. मुलांनी 'वाचन प्रेरणा दिना'निमित्त विविध घोषवाक्ये तयार केली व म्हटली. वाचनाविषयी प्रेरणा देणारी भित्तीपत्रके शाळांमधे प्रदर्शित करण्यात आली. यावेळी डॉ. ए.पी.जे. अब्दुल कलाम यांच्या अल्पचरित्राचेही सामूहिक वाचन करण्यात आले. 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'च्या पुस्तक प-यांसोबतच शाळांचे मुख्याध्यापक, शिक्षक, पालक, तसेच सहाय्यक शिक्षणाधिकारी, मराठी साहित्य परिषदेचे पदाधिकारी, असे मान्यवरही या उपक्रमांमधे सहभागी झाले. मुलांमधे वाचनाविषयी गोडी निर्माण व्हावी या हेतुने आयोजित केलेल्या या 'वाचन प्रेरणा दिना'स सर्वच शाळांमधील विद्यार्थ्यांनी भरभरुन प्रतिसाद दिला.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Project Review Meetings at Door Step School

Over last 25 years, Door Step School has expanded reach of educational activities from hundreds to thousands of underprivileged children in Pune. The objective is to take education at the doorstep of children, hence the activity centers are spread across entire geography of the city and surrounding area. The teaching methods and teacher training model have almost been standardized over these years. However, close monitoring and periodic reviews play an important role in effective implementation of Door Step School programmes. The organization follows innovative tools of data collection and data analysis, for impact evaluation and corrective measures. Apart from monthly review meetings, Door Step School also conducts half-yearly project-wise presentations. The field team presents activities carried out through last six months. Achievements in learning levels against targets set at the beginning are reviewed, problems and special mentions are discussed, and the efforts of teachers and support staff are well appreciated. These review meetings are important for the entire team for knowledge sharing among people working in various areas and situations. All team members are excited to share their experiences and success stories. This is an opportunity for the organization to review and ensure all pieces of the programme are in place. This is also an opportunity for the field staff to showcase their work and gain motivation to keep working ahead!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Door Step School Vehicles

Door Step School runs various programmes for education of underprivileged children in and around Pune city. These include Educational Activity Centers run at construction sites and mobile classrooms used in temporary slums. All the children covered under Door Step School programmes are encouraged and helped to attend nearby government schools for formal education. Apart from creating awareness about education among parents and enrolling children in schools, Door Step School also provides school transport facility wherever possible. At present, five vehicles (vans and bus) are used for ferrying children to and from schools across Pune. Four School-on-Wheels buses reach out to around 400 children every day, offering education at their doorstep. Along with the teachers and escorts, our drivers (fondly called Kaka) play an important role in both school transport and mobile classroom programmes.

We express our gratitude towards our vehicles and entire transport team (driver Kaka's) on the occasion of Dasara (Vijaya Dashami) Pooja. We are happy and proud to see everyone in the team equally concerned about and aligned towards the organizational goal of 'Education for All'.