Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sukaniya Samriddhi Yojana

A month ago, team ECC attended a session on various government schemes that are either related to girl child education or to under- privileged children's education. Sachin Pandharinath Wagalgave, one of the tram members decided that he would like to understand this scheme a bit better.So, he decided to visit one of the India Post Offices close to his house. As an uncle to two nieces he thought to gift them both something that will help them in their higher education and he opened their accounts under 'Sukaniya Samriddhi Yojana'.

Once he experienced this procedure himself, he started to mobilise parents of the girls in various construction sites. In about a month 8 parents opened their girl child's account under the scheme.



Spirit of WIPRO

On September 17, 2017 WIPRO, one of our funding partners organised a Marathon event. Invites were sent to NGOs that they are supporting with funds. Door Step School was one such invitee. Children presented lezium act, Dance cum Drama on RTE, 5 K run and participated in inter NGO dance performance. Five children who've excelled in academics last year were felicitated too.




Monday, September 11, 2017

Vegetable Market Exposure Visit

Project Foundation (PF) takes up a theme a month. Community Learning Centre (CLC) under PF organised an exposure visits to a Vegetable Market in Hadapsar for August Months theme, Vegetables. Children had their share of fun learning, exposed to various seasonal and regular vegetables and experienced the chaos at the vegetable market. As part of this activity children were taken out in a public space, Hence, required to get a NO OBJECTION LETTER signed from their respective parents. Surprisingly, parents were quite excited too and around 85 children joined in. 


Photo: Taking a glance 

Photo: Limboo kiti la dada?

Photo: A quick tour of the mandi

Photo: Observing buyers

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A gesture to acknowledge co-existence!

The campaign, Every Child Counts (ECC) under Door Step School, Pune works towards enrolment of out of school children from migrant labour camps. ECC staff works closely with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Zilla Parishad (ZP) Schools for these children’s admission. These children get their admission under Right To Education (RTE) Act, 2009. This allows them to seek admission throughout the academic year without having to waste their year as they migrate with their parents from place to place. All of this is possible as the schools extend their support when approached. Sometimes it does bring them discomfort as the process needs to be followed in the middle of the academic session, sometimes several times in a year.  
On Teacher’s Day every year from the inception of the practice, ECC team organises a small celebration in schools covering PMC, PCMC, Haveli and Mulshi Talukas. The selection of these schools is mostly done on the basis of fulfilling the need to develop rapport between the ECC staff and the school staff. There were about 15 such schools selected this year in PMC, PCMC, Mulshi and Haveli Talukas. Celebrations included participatory games such as musical chair, balloon games, hula-hoop games, etc in-order to get them to have fun and spend recreational time with their colleagues, something they often don’t get to do. Initially, it was observed that the teachers hesitated to play. Later, students encouraged their respective class teachers and cheered them. Teachers then were given a pen and a greeting card as token of appreciation for the many ways in which they support the ECC Campaign.

In closing, ECC team expressed the need to keep the communication going in terms of providing them monthly progress reports of the children enrolled in the school. And offered help if there is anything that the team must know to further improve the operations.

Hula Hoop

Hula Hoop 

Musical Chair

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Resolution chit handi

Community Learning Centre (CLC), Hadapsar children seeking help from their teachers organised an activity on Janmashtami. One of the mythological kids stories on Krishna and his friends, inspired children in CLC to ideate their activity. Every child wrote one resolution in a chit and all these chits were deposited in a handcrafted handi made by them. This handi was hanged on the sealing. Girls in the centre were excited to form a pyramid and Krishna climbed up on the pyramid too. He pulled down the handi. Later, the handi was circulated among other children them to pick-up chits from it. It was decided that everyone will follow their respective resolution from the chit for at least a month. 
Festivals are celebrated in every projects in Door Step School keeping the importance of education as its basic theme. The efforts are in the direction to inculcate healthy habits in these children and should continue as they grow. 







Thursday, August 24, 2017

Vegetable market exposure-visit

Project Foundation (PF) takes up a theme a month. Community Learning Centre (CLC) under PF organised an exposure visits to a Vegetable Market in Hadapsar for August Months theme, Vegetables. Children had their share of fun learning, exposed to various seasonal and regular vegetables and experienced the chaos at the vegetable market. As part of this activity children were taken out in a public space, Hence, required to get a NO OBJECTION LETTER signed from their respective parents. Surprisingly, parents were quite excited too and around 85 children joined in. 



Thursday, August 17, 2017

71st Independence Day: Acknowledging small yet important efforts

On the eve of Independence Day, children were quite excited as they were going to be part of double celebration the next day. Early morning, they were to attend school for flag hoisting followed by a small cultural program. Later, around 10:00 am Door Step School (DSS) team had also organised short fun filling program for parents and children in various construction sites.
As soon as the team arrived at various sites, children and their parents assembled to an open space. They were all informed about the celebrations but were unaware of the fact that they will also be asked to participate. At every site, DSS team addressed the gathering with the information on importance of tricolour flag. Later, parents expressed their will to share a few words too. In Digdhi Construction site a parent, namely, Najma Sayyed Khan, happen to share her thoughts. She said, “this is my first year of sending my daughter to school. This morning while dressing her up for Independence Day, I felt as if I am in dreams. I use to question myself whether I’ll ever be able to send her to school. Never thought with the kind of money that we earn, schooling was possible for our children. It was the awareness on RTE that was imparted to us by Sir (Sadashiv, a supervisor at DSS) earlier this year when we had just migrated to this site make this dream come true. I thank them all. Jai Hind!”


Photo: Najma addressing one-and-all present there.
Parents were involved along with the children. Recreational games like musical chair, passing the ball, balancing a book on head, lemon and spoon, etc were being played at different sites.
Photo: Parents participation in recreational activities
Children were equally excited to share their time spent in school. “teacher, aaj hum school paidal gaye the. Gaadi ko chhuti thi na. School me humne jhanda geet gaya aur hume rashtra gaan bhi ata hai toh who bhi gaya. Sunaye? !”

Photo: Group of girls presenting a song
Entire team of Door-Step School, would like to express their gratitude towards all those volunteers present at various sites and contributed in every way possible.

Photo: A volunteer seen distributing packets of biscuits among all the children present.
With the aim to spread awareness among migratory labours that schooling of their children is possible, DSS team could get active parents involvement in their children’s education this past one year. Without missing out on the opportunity to acknowledge parents and their efforts, Team DSS tried celebrating the day with a meaning.

Few Facts and Numbers: Under Every Child Counts campaign, 13 Centres were covered involving minimum of 600 parents and close to 715 children in total.
Under Project Foundation, 45 centres were covered.

We await the next Independence Day with a guaranteed excitement and joy to be shared with you all!