Friday, May 26, 2017

Door Step School - Annual Presentation 2017

The Annual Presentation of Door Step School, Pune was organized on 13th of May 2017 at the auditorium in Nivara Old age Home, Navi Peth. Employees, volunteers, donors, and well-wishers of the organization attended the event in large numbers.

Celebrating yet another year of hard work and perseverance; Door Step School staff came together to review the activities conducted throughout last year, for the children from marginalized communities in the city. The day started with the diya lighting ceremony by our very own Founder and President, Mrs. Rajani Paranjpe. This was followed by a song that was beautifully sung by few members of the DSS team.

The main agenda of the event was to provide a report on programs and activities conducted during the year gone by. Team members gave a detailed analysis of all the good work their respective teams had put in throughout the year. Around 74,000 children were covered during year 2016-17, under projects like Educational Activity Centers and mobile classrooms for children from migrant communities, reading skill development program for children studying in government schools, citizens' campaign for bringing out-of-school children into mainstream education, arrangement of transport facility for regular attendance in schools, parent awareness program as well as a program teaching good sanitation habits to children at young age. Related statistics, monitored progress and future plan of action were shared with the audience.

Also on display, was some creative and well crafted work by the staff members of Door Step School, which surely left the guests gasping in awe. The students also enacted a small skit on child sexual abuse, which highlighted an existing issue in our society. On the occasion of Annual Presentation, Door Step School published a book 'Sarvansathi Shikshan' (Education for All), penned by Founder-President Rajani Paranjpe, based on experiences in conducting educational activities for children from urban poor communities. The book contains information and analysis of challenges faced while educating such children in Pune and Mumbai during first 10 years from starting the organization in 1988.

The Annual Day was concluded with felicitation of deserving volunteers and a small speech by Rajani Tai. The appreciation and encouragement from the guests have boosted the confidence of Door Step School team, for sure.




'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल' संस्थेचे वार्षिक सादरीकरण १३ मे २०१७ रोजी निवारा वृद्धाश्रम, नवी पेठ येथील सभागृहात आयोजित करण्यात आले. संस्थेचे कार्यकर्ते, स्वयंसेवक, देणगीदार, आणि हितचिंतक मोठ्या संख्येने कार्यक्रमास उपस्थित होते.

या निमित्ताने, पुणे शहरातील शिक्षणापासून वंचित राहिलेल्या बालकांसाठी गेल्या वर्षभरात राबविलेल्या विविध उपक्रमांचा आढावा 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'च्या कार्यकर्त्यांनी घेतला. संस्थेच्या संस्थापक-अध्यक्षा सौ. रजनी परांजपे यांच्या हस्ते दीपप्रज्वलन करुन कार्यक्रमास सुरुवात झाली. यानंतर संस्थेच्या काही कार्यकर्त्यांनी सुरेल गीत सादर करुन उपस्थितांचे स्वागत केले.

गतवर्षातील प्रकल्प व उपक्रमांचा अहवाल सादर करणे हा कार्यक्रमाचा मुख्य उद्देश होता. गेल्या वर्षभरात आपापल्या प्रकल्प गटांनी केलेल्या कामाचे तपशीलवार सादरीकरण संस्थेच्या कार्यकर्त्यांनी केले. स्थलांतरित मुलांसाठी वस्तीपातळीवरील वर्ग व चाकांवरची फिरती शाळा, सरकारी शाळांमधील मुलांसाठी वाचन संस्कार प्रकल्प, शालाबाह्य मुलांना शिक्षणाच्या मुख्य प्रवाहात आणण्यासाठी नागरिक अभियान, शाळेतील नियमित उपस्थितीसाठी वाहतुक सुविधा, तसेच पालकांचे सक्षमीकरण, लहान वयातच मुलांना स्वच्छतेच्या सवयी लावण्यासाठी उपक्रम, या सर्वांमधून २०१६-१७ वर्षात सुमारे ७४,००० मुलांपर्यंत संस्थेचे काम पोहोचले. या संदर्भातील आकडेवारी, नियंत्रित प्रगती, व भविष्यातील योजना उपस्थितांसमोर सादर करण्यात आल्या.

याबरोबरच, 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'च्या कार्यकर्त्यांनी तयार केलेली प्रकल्पविषयक साधने व माहिती कार्यक्रमस्थळी प्रदर्शित करण्यात आली होती. विद्यार्थ्यांच्या एका गटाने 'बाल लैंगिक शोषण' या समाजातील ज्वलंत विषयावरील पथनाट्यही सादर केले. वार्षिक सादरीकरणाच्या निमित्ताने, 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'तर्फे 'सर्वांसाठी शिक्षण' या रजनी परांजपे लिखित पुस्तकाचे प्रकाशन करण्यात आले. १९८८ साली संस्थेचे कार्य सुरु केल्यापासून पहिल्या दहा वर्षांमधे पुणे व मुंबई शहरातील वंचित मुलांपर्यंत शिक्षण पोहोचविताना आलेल्या अडचणींबाबत माहिती व विश्लेषण या पुस्तकात देण्यात आले आहे.

संस्थेच्या उपक्रमांमधे स्वेच्छेने योगदान देणार्‍या स्वयंसेवकांचा याप्रसंगी सत्कार करण्यात आला. रजनीताईंच्या छोटेखानी भाषणाने समारंभाची सांगता झाली. उपस्थितांनी केलेल्या कौतुकामुळे व त्यांच्याकडून मिळणार्‍या प्रोत्साहनामुळे 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'च्या कार्यकर्त्यांचा उत्साह नक्कीच वाढला आहे.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Kirloskar WaSH Award for Door Step School

Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WaSH) is a programme developed by Kirloskar Foundation. Objective of the programme is to create awareness on sanitation, hygiene, and cleanliness among children. The programme is being implemented at educational activity centers of Door Step School since year 2011-12. Our implementation staff receives formal trainings organized by Kirloskar Foundation every month. Apart from trainings, the Kirloskar foundation team also provides all the centers with printed material to conduct the activities with children. 13 DSS supervisors have received 4 WaSH trainings during year 2016-17.

Below topics were covered this year since the programme started in July:

July 2016 - Formation of WaSH Club, WaSH processions in the communities (1,096 children participated)
August 2016 - Segregation of Waste (1,173 children participated)
September 2016 - Personal Hygiene (937 children participated)
November 2016 - Hand  Wash (988 children participated)
December 2016 - Awareness about Adolescents’ hygiene (29 children participated)
January 2017 - Parents Meeting (625 children and parents participated)

Children learnt importance of hand washing, clean water, personal and environmental hygiene, and cleanliness through practical methods. Significant impact is seen in many children in their awareness of these issues. Children are seen implementing these not only at home but also in their communities and schools. Door Step School has also bagged an award from Kirloskar Foundation, Pune for the year 2016-17 for "Incredible Contribution in Kirloskar WaSH Initiative"




'वॉटर ॲन्ड सॅनिटेशन हायजिन' (वॉश) हा 'किर्लोस्कर फाउंडेशन'चा एक उपक्रम आहे. सार्वजनिक व वैयक्तिक स्वच्छतेविषयी मुलांमधे जागरुकता निर्माण करणे, हा 'वॉश' उपक्रमाचा प्रमुख उद्देश आहे. २०११-१२ पासून हा उपक्रम 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'च्या शैक्षणिक केंद्रांवर राबविला जात आहे. हा उपक्रम प्रत्यक्ष राबविणा-या आमच्या कार्यकर्त्यांना 'किर्लोस्कर फाउंडेशन'तर्फे दर महिन्याला औपचारिक प्रशिक्षण दिले जाते. तसेच, या केंद्रांवर मुलांसोबत उपक्रम राबविण्यासाठी आवश्यक छापील साहित्यही 'किर्लोस्कर फाउंडेशन' तर्फे पुरवले जाते. २०१६-१७ या वर्षात आमच्या १३ कार्यकर्त्यांना 'वॉश' अंतर्गत ४ प्रशिक्षणांचा लाभ घेता आला.

गेल्या वर्षी जुलै महिन्यात हा उपक्रम सुरु झाल्यापासून खालील विषयांवर काम करण्यात आले.

जुलै २०१६ - 'वॉश क्लब'ची स्थापना, वस्तीमधे 'वॉश' प्रक्रियेची सुरुवात (१,०९६ मुले सहभागी)
ऑगस्ट २०१६ - कच-याचे वर्गीकरण (१,१७३ मुले सहभागी)
सप्टेंबर २०१६ - वैयक्तिक स्वच्छता (९३७ मुले सहभागी)
नोव्हेंबर २०१६ - हात धुणे उपक्रम (९८८ मुले सहभागी)
डिसेंबर २०१६ - किशोरवयीन मुलांच्या स्वच्छतेबद्दल जाणीव जागृती (२९ मुले सहभागी)
जानेवारी २०१७ - पालक सभा (६२५ मुले व पालक सहभागी)

या उपक्रमातून मुलांना हात धुण्याचे, स्वच्छ पाण्याचे, तसेच वैयक्तिक व परिसर स्वच्छतेचे महत्त्व प्रात्यक्षिकांच्या माध्यमातून शिकायला मिळाले. या विषयांबद्दल मुलांमधे लक्षणीय जागरुकता निर्माण झालेली दिसून येत आहे. यातून मिळालेल्या माहितीचा वापर मुले घरीच नव्हे तर वस्तीमधे व शाळेमधेही करताना दिसत आहेत. शिवाय, 'किर्लोस्कर वॉश उपक्रमा'मधील महत्त्वपूर्ण योगदानाबद्दल 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'च्या टीमला २०१६-१७ साठी किर्लोस्कर फाउंडेशन, पुणे यांच्याकडून विशेष पारितोषिक देऊन गौरविण्यातही आले आहे.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Annual Presentation 2016-17

Since last 24 years, Door Step School has been running various educational activities for children from marginalized communities in the city of Pune.

Around 74,000 children were covered during year 2016-17, under projects like Educational Activity Centers and mobile classrooms for children from migrant communities, reading skill development programme for children studying in government schools, citizens' campaign for bringing out-of-school children into mainstream of formal education, transport facility for regular attendance in schools, parent awareness and empowerment programme, as well as a programme teaching good sanitation habits to children at young age.

To review all the activities conducted during last year, an Annual Presentation has been scheduled on next Saturday, 13th of May 2017, between 10:00am and 11:30am. All the donors, volunteers, and wellwishers of the organization are invited to attend the programme.

Venue: Nivara Hall, Navi Peth, Pune.
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/ZGA567draiz 
Contact: 9766337431/32


शिक्षणापासून वंचित राहिलेल्या मुलांसाठी गेल्या २४ वर्षांपासून पुण्यामधे विविध शैक्षणिक उपक्रम 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल'तर्फे राबविले जात आहेत.

स्थलांतरित मुलांसाठी वस्तीपातळीवरील वर्ग व चाकांवरची फिरती शाळा, सरकारी शाळांमधील मुलांसाठी वाचन संस्कार प्रकल्प, शालाबाह्य मुलांना शिक्षणाच्या मुख्य प्रवाहात आणण्यासाठी नागरिक अभियान, शाळेतील नियमित उपस्थितीसाठी वाहतुक सुविधा, तसेच पालकांचे सक्षमीकरण, लहान वयातच मुलांना स्वच्छतेच्या सवयी लावण्यासाठी उपक्रम, या सर्वांमधून २०१६-१७ वर्षात सुमारे ७४,००० मुलांपर्यंत संस्थेचे काम पोहोचले आहे.

वर्षभरातील कामाचा आढावा घेण्यासाठी येत्या शनिवारी, १३ मे २०१७ रोजी सकाळी १०:०० ते ११:३० या वेळेत वार्षिक सादरीकरणाचे आयोजन करण्यात आले आहे. संस्थेच्या सर्व देणगीदार, स्वयंसेवक, व हितचिंतकांनी सादरीकरणास उपस्थित रहावे, यासाठी हे आमंत्रण.

स्थळ: निवारा हॉल, नवी पेठ, पुणे.
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संपर्कः 9766337431/32

SSRBM Kids Meet New Friends at DSS Bavdhan center

Door Step School caters to the education of underprivileged children across Pune and PCMC with the focus being migrant labour typically at construction sites. We have one of our centers in Bavdhan where children between 3 to 14 years of age come every day. Door Step School teachers teach them Marathi alphabet, numbers, reading, writing, various games as well as undertake other activities and projects. Bavdhan also houses a school for small children – ‘Sri Sri Ravishankar Bal Mandir’. The teachers and children from this school, recently visited Door Step School’s class at the construction site. The children from Bal mandir presented a story with help of puppets.  Jyotsna Tai, the teacher from Bal Mandir, conducted games involving children from both the groups. Children sang and danced together and all were visibly delighted to have made new friends. 

Sayali Kulkarni, Director, Sri Sri Ravishankar Bal Mandir, penned down the experience of this visit wonderfully and shared the same with us.

“We got this opportunity to visit the Bavdhan center of Door Step School. And we got to meet and know a young little friend, Hari. Harihar Yadav, son of a construction worker is around 10-12 years old. ‘Hari’ – a smart and charming personality.  Many of the children of this age are such. But, Hari grabbed our attention due to some other reason. And that was his involvement in all the activities. He did not lose his concentration even though there were loud noises around, other children’s restlessness, the photos being clicked, etc. He was 100% engrossed in singing, dancing, etc. Hari also means God. I felt as if I am seeing a Yogi, with no considerations of past and future, immersed in spirituality and then the whole day, I could feel the spirituality in my mind. Do we really get so engrossed in whatever we do? Do we really give our 100%? We forget to live in the present, get bothered with unwanted burdens from past and unnecessary worries of future…
We restrict our natural movements, thinking about thoughts and reactions of others. We pick up little problems around us, and on our own, create mountains of hurdles before us. Looking at Hari, I got opportunity to know myself, to be close to myself. I planned this visit to give something to the children, but, it so happened, that I got a lot and that too very special, from the children. Today, Hari helped me meet the God within me."
-Sayali Kulkarni.  

(Translated by Volunteer - Gauri Joglekar)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Lit Bug Fest - Children's Festival

The Lit Bug Festival was organized by The Story Station on 29th of April 2017. 101 children from Door Step School's centers across Pune city attended and enjoyed the activities, such as songs, dance, and story telling sessions at the Fest. Children also explored variety of books kept on display. Special features of this year's Lit Bug Fest were Nukkad Natak and children's theatrical plays, by Akanksha Rangabhoomi and Pushkar Rangmanch.

We would like to thank the organizers for giving our children an opportunity to experience and enjoy this innovative festival along with other children in the city!


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.