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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.

Samjun – Umjoon Workshop (April 2-5, 2015)

A workshop called ‘समजून-उमजून’ was conducted by the QUEST team from April 2-5, 2015. Anyone interested in Elementary Education was invited to participate in it. Over 45 persons from various places in Maharasthra attended the workshop. Among them, there were Zilla Parishad school teachers, Active Teachers Forum members, new Balmitras from the QUEST team, teachers from institutions run by other NGOs as well as teachers from private Marathi & English medium schools.
 
 
Purpose of the Workshop
To understand the importance of theories and practices of pedagogy to go hand in hand
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Workshop with Anganwadi teachers under 'Ankur'

On 13-14 March 2015, 40 Anganwadi teachers from Wada Taluka attended a workshop to learn various aspects of early childhood education. Resource Person Meena Nimkar conducted several group activities on teaching number concepts, small words, classification and origami.

 

 
 
 

'Active Library' workshop for KGBV teachers, Jalna, March 2015

A workshop on 'Active Library' was conducted for teachers of KGBV schools, Jalna district, on March 3-4, 2015. Active Library is an important component in the 'Saksham' program run by QUEST. The teachers learnt how to conduct reading activities to enhance literacy and reading habit among children. 11 teachers from Jalna district attended the workshop.

The resporce person was Meena Nimkar. She introduced the participants to various methods and activities that can be conducted with students. She gave guidelines on 'how to select a good book' for students.

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