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
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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)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

DSS Children at Inter NGO Sports Meet in Pune

Children living in slum areas of the city are often deprived of educational atmosphere at home. Community Learning Centers (CLC) are established to support their education and provide opportunities to learn and perform. Door Step School runs three such CLCs in Pune - Dattawadi (Sinhgad Road), Vadarwadi (SB Road), and Vaiduwadi (Hadapsar). Facilities like study room, library, computer lab, etc. are provided at these CLCs inside the slum areas. Children leverage every opportunity offered to them. And their participation and achievements are not limited to just studies. Given an opportunity, they are seen performing well in sports and arts activities, too.

Around 25 children from all three CLCs participated in the 'Inter NGO Sports Meet' organized by Concern India Foundation at Sanas Ground, Pune on 11th of February 2017. Children took part in various individual and group athletic / sports activities. The CLC girls' team won second prize in Dodgeball. A girl, Parvati from Vaiduwadi (Hadapsar) CLC won Bronze Medal in 400m running.

At Door Step School, we always try to provide opportunities to the children. Their performance and achievements give us a lot of satisfaction and hope!

(Reported by Tehsin Shaikh and Sunita Bhalerao, Door Step School, Pune)