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.
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.
Bruno the dinosaur sat under a large fern and watched all the other animals at play. No one played with him because he was so big. They ran away as soon as they saw him. There was a good reason for this. His cousins were very mean and rough with the animals. They thought he was the same.
He did not like to play with his cousins. They would fight with him. They would run around the forest and rip the trees. They would roar and grunt and growl at everyone in sight. They would pounce and stomp and shove to scare everyone to show their might.
Bruno was gentle. He loved the flowers and the grass. He liked to sit near the river and play in the water. He gave the animals a bright smile but they trembled in fright.
One lonely day Bruno’s eyes filled up. He wished someone would play with him. A rabbit who was new in the forest saw Bruno sitting with his head between his big feet looking miserable. “Hello,” said the rabbit, “I am Big Ears.”
Bruno wiped his eyes and smiled at the rabbit. “Hello,” he called back in a cheerful voice. “Will you be my friend? My name is Bruno.”
“Sure, Bruno, I will be your friend,” replied Big Ears.
So they played by the river bank happily, sailing leaves in the sunlight and watching the colourful fish swimming. Bruno felt better. He was not bitter anymore.
When the other animals saw them they were surprised. “Bruno is fun to be with,” they said to one another. “He is not like the other dinosaurs. He is all right.” Slowly, they went up to him and said hello. Bruno was thrilled.
Now Bruno has a lot of friends and he is never lonely. Naturally, Big Ears is his best buddy.
Usha Pandit (2011) Empowering English Grade 3 Mindsprings Publication
A huge banyan tree stood tall in the middle of a forest. In this tree there lived a pair of crows with their small family.
One day, a snake came to live in the hole at the bottom of the tree. The crows were worried but they did not say anything.
After a few days, the female crow laid a batch of eggs. When the crows went in search of food, the snake crawled up the tree and stole the eggs. When the crows came back they searched for the eggs but could not find them.
After a few months, the female crow laid some more eggs. This time the female crow stayed in the nest, while the male crow went out to fetch some food. After a while, the snake came out to sun himself. The female crow was keeping a watchful eye on her eggs. The bold snake swiftly moved up the tree, and took her eggs. The crow began to call for help. Hearing the crow shriek, the other crows came to help but the snake had already eaten the eggs and slithered back into its hole. The crows were miserable. If this went on, their eggs would never hatch into babies. They didn’t know what to do about the snake.
The male crow had a friend in the forest. He searched for him and found the big black bear scratching himself against the big oak tree.
The bear said, “Both of you seem to be very sad. What happened?” The crows replied, “We have a big problem. A snake eats up our eggs. We do not know what to do.” The bear was clever. He thought for a few minutes and came up with a good plan.
“Listen carefully,” he said, “In the morning, go to the river bank where the queen and the ladies of the royal family bathe. They keep their clothes and jewels in a large open box on the river bank. Go and pick up a necklace from the box and fly away making a loud noise. This will make the guards chase you to the tree. Drop the necklace into the hole of the snake. To get the necklace back, the guards will have to catch the snake.”
The crows did as they were told. The guards ran after the cawing crows and came to the tree. They saw them drop the necklace into the snake hole. The snake was sleeping inside its hole. To get it out, the guards gathered some twigs, and placed them around the snake hole at the bottom of the tree. They set a match to it. The snake came out of the hole and was caught and taken away by a snake catcher.
The necklace was returned to the queen. The crows thanked their friend the bear. Now they lived happily with their young ones on the banyan tree.