Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Picture Is Changing…

In the year 2009-10, Government of India declared free and compulsory elementary education for all children between 6 and 14 years of age, through the Right To Education (RTE) Act. Door Step School (DSS) was already working for education of children in and around Pune city, who were left out of formal schooling system due to various reasons. An opportunity was identified through the RTE Act, to help many out-of-school children in getting enrolled in formal schools. The Every Child Counts (ECC) campaign was thus launched in Pune in year 2011. Surveys were conducted of temporary slums, construction sites, brick kilns, and other such communities where out-of-school children could be found. These children were taken to nearby government schools by creating awareness among their parents. The ECC team also followed up to ensure that these children are attending schools regularly.

Recently, a get-together was organized by Door Step School, for children and parents from migrant communities in Vishrantwadi and Dhanori areas within Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits. These children were enrolled in government schools between 2013 and 2015, and they have continued their education through last three years. The team identified 28 such children in this area and approached their parents for the get-together. A total of 18 children and 8 parents attended the programme on Sunday, 5th of March 2017 at Ayyappa Garden, Dhanori. The idea was to appreciate and encourage these children and parents for continuing education despite all odds.

The children spoke about their experience of starting to attend a formal school. Many of them were first generation learners, with no background of education at home. Almost all of them mentioned that they were first afraid of entering a school and did not even know the local language, Marathi, at that time. They were also worried about how other students and teachers would treat them. The new surroundings were daunting and fear of rejection was very real.

One of the children, Renuka, was enrolled in 3rd standard according to her age that time. Initially, she was not at all interested in school as she could not understand anything taught there. However, the teachers helped her overcome the initial hurdles and she has now reached 7th standard. Her parents had to migrate frequently due to nature of their work. But very soon they realized that this is causing disturbance in Renuka’s education. Hence, they took a room in this area on rent so that the family could stay at one place through all these years. Renuka is now very much interested in attending the school and studying various subjects. She wants to become a teacher when she grows up. When asked the reason, she replied that she wants to educate other girls like her and help them become independent!

Gangaram Rathod was also enrolled in 3rd standard in a nearby government school. His parents had migrated from Bihar to Pune in year 2013 in search of employment. Since the family was struggling for survival, education of the child could not be a priority. Even when the ECC team approached these parents for Gangaram’s school admission, they said that we are here only for a short while and will move back to our native place soon. They also kept saying that Marathi is not our language, we will send our children to a school in our village when we move back. The team persistently followed up with the parents and enrolled Gangaram in 3rd standard according to his age that time. The family still lives in Pune and Gangaram is now in 7th standard. This year, we arranged a bicycle for him for commuting to school everyday on his own. His parents are now keen to continue his education. Their job demands them to migrate frequently, but they are now looking for a hostel for Gangaram so that his education is continued. Gangaram aspires to pursue higher education in computer engineering.

There are many other children like Renuka and Gangaram, who needed the initial support to start their education. Now they are fond of school, have learnt and mastered the local language, and have also made local friends. The parents took some time in believing what ECC team was telling them. But eventually they were convinced that only education can bring positive change in their children’s lives. The parents were happy and proud of their children dreaming big and progressing in that direction. They do not want their children to struggle in the same way they have done throughout their life. The parents realize that dreams of their children are too big, but they at least expect them to be skilled workers and get assured jobs instead of being mere labourers on daily wages. The children and parents both are now ready to face any challenges coming in the way.

There were few fun games for the parents at the event. Children were happy to cheer up for their parents, and the parents played and won and fought like children. The get-together also included a storytelling session by Mr. Ajay Dasgupta of The Kahani Project. He gave the children few insights on what they can do today instead of waiting to grow up for doing something. Children and their parents equally enjoyed the story told by Ajay, which taught children how to face and conquer fear. Ajay advised the children to convert their biggest fear into their best friend, so that they can achieve anything in life.

The children continuing their education throughout these years were felicitated along with their parents. The ECC team believes that this kind of interaction helps strengthen the trust and build up the confidence, bringing positive change in parents’ approach towards children’s education.

A similar get-together was organized for another group of children enrolled from Bhosari, Dighi, and Moshi areas in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) limits. This programme was held on 26th of March 2017 at Bhosari Garden on Pune-Nashik Highway. Around 70 parents and 107 children from 15 locations participated in this event. The parents are daily wage labourers, mostly coming from other states. After persistent efforts by the ECC-PCMC team, the parents have realized importance of education in their children’s lives. In spite of uncertain nature of work, they are now staying at one location since last couple of years, so that their children can continue attending the school they were enrolled into. Even children from highly migrant communities in Phuge Vasti and other areas are now seen regularly going to schools.

Volunteers from Wipro and few other individuals helped the ECC team in organizing games for children and parents at this get-together.

We hope to see many more children get into mainstream of formal education and continue attending schools by overcoming the challenges thrown at them by life. Door Step School is all geared up to help them progress towards achieving their dreams.

(Events organized and reported by: Ravindra Thakare, Gauri Katkar, Sadashiv Satpute, Manjiri Diwe, Sanika Patwardhan, Ankita Yadav, Door Step School, Pune team.)

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- ऋतुजा, 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