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Akanksha Foundation team visits QUEST

A team of 18 teachers and 3 supervisors from Akanksha Foundation visited QUEST on January 7-8, 2016. Akanksha Foundation runs schools for children from low economic backgroungs, where they teach English, Marathi and Hindi. To teach Marathi, they use 'Maze Pustak'. The QUEST team showed them classroom activities under 3 main programs - Balbhavan (Pali 1 & 2 Ashram Shala), Active Library (Devgaon) and Ankur (Peek and Gargaon Anganwadi). The visitors were quite impressed with the classroom setup and how the QUEST team members were communicating with the students.

Training Anganwadi Sevikas - Dec. 16-19, 2015

Under its 'Ankur' program, QUEST works with 110 Anganwadis in Wada taluka. On Dec. 16-19, 2015, resource person Meena Nimkar conducted a workshop for the Anganwadi sevikas, on teaching language and math using simple materials such as strings, flowers, grains etc. They also watched special videos produced by QUEST on Early Childhood Education and practiced lessons in groups.

 
 
 

Saksham team trains KGBV principals on quality education, Dec. 8-11, 2015

QUEST’s ‘Saksham’ team participated as resource persons in a workshop organized by Maharashtra Prathamik Shikshan Parishad (Mumbai), SCERT (Pune) & UNICEF. Principals and District coordinators of 43 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas attended the workshop. QUEST’s work in the KGBVs in Jalna district was used as a case study to discuss concrete ways for improving the quality of education in these schools. The detailed report (in Marathi) by Project Associate Rajendra More is noted below. 

कस्तुरबा गांधी बालिका विद्यालय, गुणवत्ता संवर्धन प्रशिक्षण

कालावधी – 8 ते 11 डिसेंबर 2015

ठिकाण – हॉटेल

QUEST participates in 'Aakar' for Early Childhood Education

Government of Maharashtra and UNICEF have developed a state-wide curriculum for Early Childhood Education, for children in the age group of 3-6 years. Named ‘Aakar’, this curriculum is designed by a committee which has members with many years of experience in ECE. Aakar will be implemented at 3 levels simultaneously – urban, rural and tribal – in the Anganwadis run by the state. QUEST’s experience and insights from the ‘Ankur’ program have been used in designing Aakar.

Theatre Workshop for QUEST team Nov. 21-28, 2015

 
नाटक कार्यशाळेचा अहवाल – २०१५-१६
कालावधी- 21 नोव्हेंबर ते 28 नोव्हेंबर 2015-16
प्रशिक्षक-    मंदार गोखले (प्रशिक्षक अभिनेते)
                     प्रदीप जोशी (संगीत प्रशिक्षक)
बालमित्रांना व शिक्षकमित्रांना प्रत्यक्ष मुलांबरोबर काम करताना खूप बोलावे लागते. त्यासाठी त्यांच्या कल्पनेला चालना देण्यासाठी कोणत्या प्रकारचे गेम्स घेता येतील, प्रत्यक्ष वर्गात मुलांना गोष्ट सांगताना कशी सांगावी, यासाठी बोलण्याचे स्किल कसे डेव्हलप होईल हा वर्कशॉपचा मुख्य उद्देश होता. 21 नोव्हेंबर 2015 ला सकाळी 10 वाजता वर्कशॉपला सुरवात झाली. प्रदीप सरांनी संगीताचे महत्व सगळ्यांना पटवून दिले. त्यानंतर सा रे ग म प

Samajun Umajoon Workshop: Nov. 17-20, 2015

The Samajoon Umajun workshop on 'Teaching Fractions' was held at Sonale from Nov. 17 to 20. Twenty four teachers from various places in Maharashtra participated in it along with ten QUEST team members. Nilesh Nimkar (Director, QUEST) was the principal resource person, assisted by Pralhad Kathole, Kalpesh Patil and Tushar Marade.

The main topics / themes covered in the workshop were:

1. Aspects of effective Mathematics teaching

2. Fractions on number line

3. Fractions on dots grid

4. Equivalence and comparison of fractions

5. Operations on fractions  

6. Fractions : area model

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Mr. Khullar & Mr. Bangar's visit to QUEST

The QUEST team was happy to welcome Mr. Khullar (Principal Secretary, Energy, Govt. of Maharashtra) and Mr. Bangar (Collector, Palghar dist.) who visited QUESTon Nov. 21, 2015. The team gave them information about 'Pustakgadi' project which is going on in tribal areas of Palghar dist. as well as other projects such as Saksham and Ankur.

 
 
 

'Vachan Prerana Diwas' celebrated by QUEST at various locations

October 15, 2015 was declared by the state government as 'Vachan Prerana Diwas', on the occasion of late ex-President Dr Abdul Kalam's birth anniversary. The QUEST team celebrated this day by organizing various events at the project locations. Here are a few glimpses of the same:

'Utsav Pustakancha' at Palsunde, Mokhada block

 
 

Gargao Ashram Shala, Wada Taluka

  

'Jagar pustakancha' at Badanapur, Jalna

 

Vachan Katta, Dhule

 
 

Vachan Diwas, Junnar

 

Saksham Program: 'Let's Learn English' workshop, Jalna, July 2015

'Let's Learn English' is a new project component under the Saksham Program, being undertaken with English teachers of KGBV schools, Jalna. The first workshop was conducted on July 11, 2015, by Sonali Salgaonkar. She emphasized the need of listening and reading as the primary skills to be imparted to students. She introduced 'Magic Square' - a tool to be used to teach phonetics. Using this tool, she demonstrated how the teachers can practice dictation methodology to teach proper pronunciation. 

Exhaustive wordlists were prepared by the teachers for each vowel.

Saksham Program: Art & Craft workshop at KGBV, Jalna, July 2015

Resource Perosn Prashant Bane conducted a series of workshops on 'Collage' for students of KGBV schools, between July 13th & 21, 2015. Held in 7 different schools in Jalna district, a total of 674 girls from grades 6th to 8th attended the workshops. 

The resource person demonstrated how to create collages, using waste paper, old newspapers etc. Many students were familiar with the technique, but had never tried it before. They were divided into small groups, and each group worked on a creating a large collage.

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