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.
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.
QUEST has been conducting various activities under its 'Saksham' program at the Uchaat High School, Wada Taluka, since 2015. QUEST recently installed a 'container classroom' at the school in Uchaat. This classroom has been created by 'Studio Alternatives', using a discarded ship container. It was formally inaugurated by Mr. and Makhijani, who provided financial support for this initiative thorugh Lions' Club.
An exhibition of QUEST's work was organized on this occasion, and the GoshtaRang team presented a story, which was appreciated by students, parents and teachers alike!
Once upon a time there was a fox. He was very hungry and he looked around for some food. He was very tired so he sat under a tall tree. Suddenly a crow flew up to the tree. The crow sat on a branch. But it did not caw because in its beak the crow had a piece of cheese. The cheese made the fox’s mouth water. Then the fox thought of a plan to get the cheese from the crow. He looked up at the crow and said, “Hello Mr. Crow, how are you today?” The crow did not say anything. He just looked at the fox. Then the fox began to praise the crow. “How lovely your feathers are,” he said. The crow just listened and said nothing. Then the fox praised the crow some more. “Your voice must be sweeter than a nightingale’s voice,” said the cunning fox. “Why don’t you sing me a song?” The foolish crow was very pleased. He forgot he had the cheese in his beak. He began to sing loudly. The cheese fell down and the fox leapt on it and ran into the forest taking the cheese with him.