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

(अहवालः- रुतुजा, वंदना, नेहा – परिवर्तन प्रशिक्षण केंद्र, डोअर स्टेप स्कूल, पुणे)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Experience how education is taken to every child's doorstep...

Where do we find out-of-school children?
How do we approach their parents?
How do we setup a school at children's doorstep?
What is an Educational Activity Center (EAC)?
What are Balwadi, Study Class, Literacy Class?
How do we ensure regular attendance of every child?
What innovative tools do we design and use for teaching?
How do we track every child's learning progress?
How do we communicate the progress to their parents?
How do we involve illiterate parents in children's education?
What happens when the children migrate from this location?

We, at Door Step School, have been asked these questions a lot of times before. And we have always happily answered them. But now we are bringing you an opportunity to experience this process for yourself.

You can actually see how things work behind starting and running a school at a construction site or at a slum.

We will be exhibiting the steps and tools used at our Educational Activity Centers across Pune. Door Step School team, along with some of the beneficiary children, will demonstrate the process and will answer the queries of visitors.

When: 17th and 18th of March 2017, from 10:00am to 04:30pm
Where: Clover Forest County - Construction Labour Camp, Opposite Ganga Platino, Near EON IT Park, Kharadi, Pune.
Google Maps Link:

Contact Person: Nagesh Alkunte 8551077999

Entry is open to all. Please spread the word among your friends, colleagues, and people interested in education.

- Door Step School, Pune

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Get-together of ECC Children and Parents

This Sunday, 5th of March 2017,
join us at Dhanori, Pune for
‘Every Child Counts’ Get-together of Children and Parents. 
(The children were enrolled in schools between 2013-2015 and are still continuing their education.)

When: 5th of March 2017, from 10am to 12noon 
Where: Ayyappa Garden, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Bhairav Nagar, Dhanori, Pune 
Contact: Gauritai 9156184776; Ravindra: 9561699464 / 8483815139

Please join us in appreciating and encouraging the children and their parents!

- Door Step School, Pune

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Little Scientists in Action!

Door Step School along with Quest (Science & Math Activity Center) invites you all to a Science Exhibition put up by our budding scientists from DSS centers at construction sites and slums across Pune.

Venue: Golwalkar Guruji School, Aundh, Pune
Google maps link -

Date: 25/02/2017
Time: 10:30am to 4:30pm
(Lunch break from 1pm to 2pm)

Entry is open to all. Please visit the exhibition and encourage the little scientists...

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)