Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Independence Day - No Child Should Get Left Behind

This Independence Day, 15th of August 2016, The Kahani Project got along with Door Step School to take the message of continuous education and schooling for all kids. Ajay Dasgupta and Chetan Vohra from The Kahani Project, along with Ankita and team from Door Step School engaged the parents and children  through storytelling, dance, and songs. At the end of the session, children promised the team of going to school everyday. This event was organized for communities in Dighi, Alandi Road, Pune. Here are some snapshots of the activities -

What do you use to hear stories - your ears and not the mouth.

Everybody broke into some impromptu dance.

So much fun with dancing and singing before the stories started.

Getting ready for some storytelling.
Chetan Vohra from The Kahani Project has the kids enthralled with Sochu.

Chetan Vohra and Sochu.

Chetan Vohra tells the tale of Chotu as everyone listens spell bound.

Ankita and Sadashiv from Door Step School explaining to parents and elders why it is important to go to school.

"We must go to school everyday!"

Thumbs up to a promise that we will go to school everyday.
Everyone sang the national anthem.
Another venue with over 60 children.

Ajay Dasgupta from The Kahani Project in the middle of a telling.
Buddhu Chalak is a hit wherever the story goes.

Chalak is on Buddhu's back.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Need Financial Support for a Sincere Needy Student

Ganesh Baburao Sutar is a 15-year-old boy studying in 7th Standard at District Primary School in Undri, Pune. He has two sisters - Pooja studying in 6th Standard and Poonam studying in 5th Standard. After demise of their parents 10 years ago, all three kids are looked after by their three maternal uncles. The uncles work as construction workers in Pune and have their own families and kids, too. Despite their low-income jobs, they take very good care of these three children and are concerned about their education. Ganesh and his sisters are enrolled in government schools and the uncles ensure that all of them attend the school regularly and learn well.

Three years ago, Door Step School launched a project focused on empowering parents to send their children to schools. During surveys and meetings for this project, our field team met Ganesh and his family in Undri, Pune. Ganesh was already attending a school then, but his sisters were not. Our team met the guardians and got the two sisters enrolled in the same school. During our first visit to his community, Ganesh enthusiastically helped the team in approaching other households for collecting information about out-of-school children. He has always been a smart and helpful child.

Ganesh is very regular and sincere at school. He is good at studies, especially in Mathematics -  a subject which most children his age are afraid of. He also helps other students with their studies. Naturally, teachers at the school are all praise for him.

Ganesh’s prowess at Mathematics prompted us to look for ways to further his knowledge of the subject. We approached Mr. Barve of Bhaskaracharya Institute, Pune, who facilitated Ganesh to attend a four-day Maths workshop at the institute. After the workshop, Mr. Barve suggested we send Ganesh to attend Prof. Gore’s Coaching Class in Shanivar Peth. We have enrolled Ganesh to the class and he has now started attending it regularly and is also liking it.

Although Ganesh has started with the class, there still is a big question mark on availability of funds for his education. He travels to Shanivar Peth from his house in Undri, which is ahead of Kondhwa. The annual fees and transport costs are summing up to Rs.18,000/-, which are beyond the financial capacities of Ganesh’s uncles. Taking care of day-today needs of the three children was just about what they could afford so far.

We are looking for sponsor to support further education of a bright child like Ganesh Sutar. If you wish to contribute or know someone who could help, do contact us on pune@doorstepschool.org or 9371007844. You can also help by sharing this post with your contacts. Thanks!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Celebrate Independence Day with DSS Children

Celebrate this Independence Day
with parents and children at
construction sites and slums across Pune city...


** National Anthem **
** Games for Children **
** Parent Awareness **
** Puppet Show **
** Food Distribution **

Baner, Bavdhan, Pimple Gurav,
Chinchwad, Ravet, Balewadi, Hinjawadi,
Dighi, Chakan, Pirangut, Kirkatwadi,
Lonikand, Hadapsar, and others...

Confirm Your Participation to volunteer@doorstepschool.org

Monday, August 8, 2016

Now Donate Online to Help Children Reach Schools...

Funds are required to arrange school transport for underprivileged children enrolled in Government schools in Pune. Approximate cost of transport for one child is Rs.450/- per month or Rs.4,500/- for one academic year. We have identified more than 150 children from various slums and temporary shelters across Pune city, who cannot attend school only due to lack of school transport facility. Government schools provide free education from Grade 1st till 8th. However, they do not provide everyday transport facility. The parents are often illiterate and cannot afford to pay for the transport. Total cost of transportation for 150 children comes to Rs.6,75,000/-.

If you want to support the cause and help us in educating children from the marginalized communities, visit the campaign page at https://milaap.org/campaigns/helpdoorstepschoool and contribute any amount you wish to. (80G Certificate will be provided to all donors.)

Thank you!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Door Step School at 'Josh Meets Mumbai'

JOSH talks is a conference that showcases India’s most inspiring stories. It aims to disrupt, move, motivate and inspire. Josh Meets is the smaller, informal format of Josh Talks conceptualised with the aim to foster conversations. Josh Meets Mumbai marks the coming together of inquisitive minds who wish to bring a change in the society. It is about people who believed in their passion and took the road less traveled. This is your chance to strike a one-to-one conversation with them. Come, listen to their stimulating stories and become a part of their revolutionary journeys.

This Saturday, 6th of August 2016, Door Step School Founder Rajani Paranjpe will be speaking at 'Josh Meets Mumbai'. Please find details of the programme at - https://facebook.com/events/848974695238702

Friday, July 29, 2016

Let's Help Out-of-school Children Get Into Schools

Door Step School runs Every Child Counts campaign to ensure every child gets its Right to Education. We need volunteers across Pune city, for helping out-of-school children reach schools. Volunteers can participate in parents' awareness sessions, survey and admission process, arranging transport to and from schools, and follow-up with schools for regular attendance of enrolled children.

Areas that need immediate volunteer support are -

  • Hadapsar
  • Kondhawa
  • Katraj
  • Undri
  • Pisoli
  • Kharadi
  • Chakan
  • Khed Shivapur
  • Pimple Saudagar, etc.

Call 986-000-8070 or write to volunteer@doorstepschool.org to join this campaign.

You can also attend the open meeting on every Saturday at 3:00 PM. Purpose of this meeting is to provide an open platform for the volunteers already working with Every Child Counts campaign, to share their experiences and ideas. Also, an orientation for new volunteers interested to join this campaign is conducted with help of ECC core team or other experienced volunteers. Status of survey, admission, and follow-up activities are reviewed and further plan of action is decided.

Meeting Location:
Door Step School,
3rd Floor, Dattakrupa Building,
Opposite Karishma Society,
Off Karve Road, Kothrud, Pune.

Please confirm your attendance on 986-000-8070.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Surveys, Parent Meetings, and School Enrollments

For several years, Door Step School has been working for education of children from migrant and marginalised communities in Pune. As a part of these efforts, the Every Child Counts (ECC) campaign was launched to ensure every child between the age of 6 and 14 years gets its right to free elementary education under Right to Education Act, 2009. While conducting the ECC campaign activities like survey and admissions, the role of parents in their children’s education was observed to be minimal. Hence another project called Parents' Participation in Child’s Education (PPCE) was started to increase awareness among parents. Through this project, we work with parents for a longer duration, educating and empowering them about various aspects of Right to Education Act and schooling of their children.

The month of May saw the surveys starting in full swing, to identify out-of-school children across the city. In the month of June, these surveys were followed by meetings with parents and enrollment of children in nearby PMC/PCMC/ZP schools.

By the month of June 2016, our Every Child Counts field team surveyed more than 1,000 locations (construction sites, brick kilns, temporary slums, etc.) across Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and other fast-developing outer areas. Around 1,100 children were found in the survey, out of which 600 have now been enrolled in nearby government schools. About 50 volunteers from various corporates and institutes in Pune contributed close to 200 man-hours in the campaign activities. Similarly, 200 parents were interviewed under Parents' Participation project, with help of 20 volunteers.

The survey, parent meetings, and school admissions will continue in coming months and more volunteers are required for reaching out to more out-of-school children living in the city. Please share these updates with your contacts and help us get more volunteers for ECC and PPCE activities. Thanks!

गेल्या अनेक वर्षांपासून, पुण्यातील स्थलांतरित व वंचित कुटुंबांमधील मुलांच्या शिक्षणासाठी 'डोअर स्टेप स्कूल' काम करीत आहे. या प्रयत्नांचाच एक भाग म्हणून, शिक्षण हक्क कायदा २००९ (आर.टी.ई.) अंतर्गत ६ ते १४ वयोगटातील प्रत्येक मुला-मुलीस त्यांचा मोफत प्राथमिक शिक्षणाचा हक्क मिळवून देण्यासाठी 'एक एक मूल मोलाचे' (एव्हरी चाइल्ड काउंट्स - इसीसी) हे अभियान सुरु करण्यात आले. या अभियानांतर्गत शहरातील व शहराबाहेरील वस्त्यांचे सर्वेक्षण व त्यातून मिळणा-या शालाबाह्य मुलांचे शाळाप्रवेश करीत असताना, आपल्या मुलांच्या शिक्षणामधे या पालकांचा सहभाग अतिशय कमी असल्याचे दिसून आले. अशा पालकांचे शिक्षणाच्या महत्त्वाबद्दल प्रबोधन करण्याच्या उद्देशाने 'मुलांच्या शिक्षणात पालकांचा सहभाग' (पेरेंट्स पार्टिसिपेशन इन चाइल्ड्स एज्युकेशन - पीपीसीई) हा वेगळा प्रकल्प सुरु करण्यात आला. या प्रकल्पांतर्गत आम्ही पालकांसोबत दीर्घकाळ काम करुन त्यांना शिक्षणहक्क कायदा व आपल्या मुलांचे शालेय शिक्षण याबाबत सजग व सक्षम बनविण्याचा प्रयत्न करतो.

यंदाच्या मे महिन्यामधे शहरात व शहराभोवती नव्याने विकसित होणा-या सर्व भागांमधे मोठ्या प्रमाणावर शालाबाह्य मुलांच्या सर्वेक्षणाचे काम सुरु झाले. त्यापाठोपाठ जून महिन्यामधे, सर्वेक्षण केलेल्या ठिकाणी पालक सभा आयोजित करण्यात आल्या, तसेच मुलांना जवळच्या पुणे अथवा पिंपरी-चिंचवड महानगरपालिकेच्या किंवा जिल्हा परिषदेच्या शाळांमधे प्रवेश मिळवून देण्याचे काम करण्यात आले.

जून महिन्यापर्यंत आमच्या 'एव्हरी चाइल्ड काउंट्स' अभियानातील कार्यकर्त्यांनी पुणे, पिंपरी-चिंचवड, तसेच सभोवतालच्या भागातील (बांधकाम साईट, वीटभट्ट्या, तात्पुरत्या वस्त्या, अशा) सुमारे १,००० हून अधिक ठिकाणांचे सर्वेक्षण केले. या सर्वेक्षणात जवळपास १,१०० मुलांची माहिती गोळा करण्यात आली व आतापर्यंत त्यापैकी ६०० मुलांना जवळच्या सरकारी शाळांमधे प्रवेशही मिळवून देण्यात आला. पुण्यातील विविध कॉर्पोरेट कंपन्या व संस्थांमधील सुमारे ५० व्हॉलंटीयरनी इसीसीच्या निरनिराळ्या कामांमधे जवळपास २०० एकत्रित तासांएवढे योगदान दिले. त्याचप्रमाणे, पालक सहभाग प्रकल्पांतर्गत आणखी २० व्हॉलंटीयरच्या मदतीने २०० पालकांशी प्रत्यक्ष चर्चा करण्यात आली.

शालाबाह्य मुलांचे सर्वेक्षण, पालकांसोबत भेटी, आणि शाळाप्रवेशाची प्रक्रिया यापुढेही चालूच राहील. आपल्या आजूबाजूला राहणा-या आणखी शालाबाह्य मुलांपर्यंत पोहोचण्यासाठी अजून ब-याच व्हॉलंटीयरच्या सहभागाची आवश्यकता आहे. कृपया ही माहिती आपल्या संपर्कातील व्यक्तींना पाठविल्यास, इसीसी व पीपीसीई या प्रकल्पांसाठी व्हॉलंटीयर मिळविण्यात आम्हाला मदत होईल. धन्यवाद!