QUEST has reached out to around 20000 children through its various interventions pertaining to quality of education. These children are in the age group of 3 to 14 years and come from marginalized communities. QUEST has also reached around 1000 teachers through workshops and its online forum (in Marathi). QUEST's interventions have mainly happened through capacity building of teachers to ensure long term sustainability.
On January 1, 2017, QUEST completed 10 years of its existence! A get-together of all QUESTians - old and new - was held on Jan. 7-8, to celebrate the completion of 10 years! A lot of fun, games, presentations, reminiscing about the past, visualizing for the future! (Photos: Pramod Kamble)
क्वेस्टला १० वर्ष पूर्ण झाली त्यानिमित्त सर्व जुन्या - नव्या क्वेस्ट टीम मेम्बर्सचा स्नेहमेळावा ७-८ जानेवारीला झाला. खूप मज्जा, खेळ, गप्पा, सादरीकरण, जुन्या आठवणींना उजाळा आणि भविष्यासाठी योजना! (फोटो: प्रमोद कांबळे)
QUEST's Pustak Gadi project has now started in Pune! In collaboration with Rotary Club Pune NIBM and Nelson, the project will reach out to about 1700 children from 5 schools in Pune, over 3 years. The main visible attraction is the 'Pustak Gadi' iteself, a van which will go from school to school, carrying lots of books in Marathi and English. The trained team of QUEST will travel in the van and conduct reading activities in the schools, which will create a print-friendly environment as well as excite children to read - this will also help them improve their literacy skills.
QUEST's senior project officer Archana Kulkarni conducting a workshop for Ashram School teachers in Pimpalner & Waki (Dhule district), where QUEST's Saksham program is operating. The teachers (re) learnt fractions and other basic mathematical operations! Archana also provided on-site support to teachers during their classroom sessions and interacted with the students.
Training of teachers at Sagroli (Nanded), for QUEST's Saksham program was conducted by resource person Meena Nimkar on January 2-5, 2017. The teachers learnt how to use the special level-based books designed by QUEST, and also learnt how to conduct active library sessions.
At the National Conference on Re-defining the Early Childhood Education Development Profession in India held at Bengaluru on Nov. 7-8, 2016, Nilesh Nimkar (Director, QUEST) gave a presentation on QUEST's Ankur program, In the panel discussion that followed, and the informal conversations during the conference, everyone appreciated the depth and commitment seen in the presentation!
October 15, the birth anniversary of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is celebrated as 'Vaachan Prerana Din'. The QUEST team members celebrated this day at their various project locations.
In the Anganwadis at Dhapad and Viveknagar, QUEST's Ankur team conducted various reading activities with children, parents and teachers. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed spending time with books and stories!
At the Ashram School in Kavale (Palghar dist.), QUEST's PustakGadi project team organized poetry reading, treasure hunt with books, games based on book titles etc.