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QUEST @ Maharashtra Balshikshan Parishad, Oct. 27-28, 2017

The QUEST team 'rocked' the conference of Maharashtra Balshikshan Parishad! 
The conference was held at Pune on Oct. 27-28. One of the QUESTians, Rupali Patil, presented a research paper on 'Moving from English medium to Marathi medium'. A short film on 'Ankur' was screened, which highlighted the work on Early Childhood Education. Nilesh Nimkar (Director, QUEST) chaired the session on Technology in Education, and opined that technology cannot replace the teacher, it can only help the teacher teach more effectively. The Goshtarang team performed 3 stories and regaled the audience!


Visitors @ Sonale: Pratibha Bharade & Namdev Mali; Sept. 12, 2017

'Kumathe Beat' in Satara district is famous for its educational innovations in the Govt. schools. The Development Officer of Kumathe Beat, Praitbha Bharade, and Block Education Officer, Namdev Mali, visited QUEST on Sept. 12, 2017. Their main objective was to see how tribal children learn to read and write, how they cope with the difference in the home language and school language and what measures teachers can take to help in the process.

They visited the Anganwadi in Gargao and the Balbhawan in Devgao Ashram shala, and saw the early literacy activities and library activities in the

Saksham Orientation Workshop, September 2-3, 2017

'Saksham' is a level-based program developed by QUEST, to empower teachers to help students who are 'falling behind' in their studies. Many students, specially in rural areas, are studying in grade 5 / 6 / 7, but have not mastered the basic concepts of language and math which are covered in primary school. 

The QUEST team organized an orientation workshop about 'Saksham', for a group of interested teachers, on Sept. 2-3, 2017 at Pune. The participants came from various parts of Maharashtra, including Pune, Sangli, Beed, Latur, Usmanabad, Kalyan etc.

Kishor Darak discussed the need of a


Review workshop with Active Library Team - May 6-10, 2017

The team that works on the 'Active Library' program in Wada, Jawhar and Pune, came together to attend a review workshop in Sonale from May 6 to 10, 2017. They revised activities such as 'read aloud', lesson plans based on story books and using picture cards. They even learnt some craft work and poetry reading. Resource person Meena Nimkar and Nilesh Nimkar urged them to check students' writing and give feedback individually. The participants even practiced some songs, and learnt about medicinal plants which can be planted in schools.

क्वेस्ट अंतर्गत पालघर जिल्ह्यातील १० आश्रमशाळा , पुणे

समजून उमजून 'अध्ययन सिद्धांत' कार्यशाळा, एप्रिल २०-२३, २०१७

चार दिवसांची ‘अध्ययन सिद्धांत कार्यशाळा’ सोनाळे इथे एप्रिल २० ते २३ दरम्यान पार पडली. महाराष्ट्राच्या कानाकोपऱ्यातून आलेल्या ४० सहभागींनी ‘लर्निंग थियरीज’ बद्दल भरपूर माहिती मिळवली. डी एड / बी एड किंवा सायाकॉलॉजी शिकलेल्या लोकांना ज्या आंतरराष्ट्रीय विचारवंतांची निव्वळ तोंडओळख झालेली असते त्या स्किनर, पियाजे, वायगॉट्स्की, चॉम्स्की अशा धुरीणांच्या थियरीज या कार्यशाळेत खूप विस्ताराने आणि खोलवर अभ्यासल्या गेल्या. नीलेश निमकर आणि किशोर दरक हे प्रमुख साधन व्यक्ती असलेली ही कार्यशाळा म्हणजे ‘बौद्धिक मेजवानी’ होती असं एक सहभागी म्हणाले!

क्वेस्ट तर्फे प्रथमच अशी कार्यशाळा घेण्यात आली. लोकांचा

Goshtarang Fellowship in Children’s Theatre 2017-2018

Are you interested in Theatre? Specially, children’s theatre?

Have you attended any training / course in Theatre?

Would you like to work in a rural area for a few months and

gain a different work experience?

Are you in the 20-35 age group?

If yes, please read this information about this unique fellowship,

and apply if interested.

About Goshtarang                                                                                          

QUEST and TARAPA (QUEST’s cultural initiative) started an unusual program called ‘Goshtarang’, based on performing children’s stories in a regional

बालरंगभूमीसाठी गोष्टरंग पाठ्यवृत्ती (फेलोशिप) २०१७-२०१८

तुम्हाला नाटक आणि रंगभूमी या विषयांत रस वाटतो का?

तुम्ही नाट्य-प्रशिक्षण घेतलं आहे का?

तुम्हाला बालरंगभूमीबद्दल आस्था वाटते का?

ग्रामीण भागात काही महिने कामाचा अनुभव घ्यायला तुम्हाला आवडेल का?

तुम्ही २०-३५ वयोगटातले आहात का?

एका आगळ्या वेगळ्या फेलोशिपबद्दलची ही माहिती वाचा

आणि इंटरेस्टिंग वाटल्यास लवकर अप्लाय करा.



‘गोष्टरंग’ हा क्वेस्ट या सामाजिक संस्थेचा एक आगळा वेगळा शैक्षणिक उपक्रम आहे. ग्रामीण आणि आदिवासी विभागात वाचन संस्कृती अजूनही म्हणावी तशी रुजलेली नाही. अशा भागातल्या मुलांसाठी बालसाहित्यातल्या किंवा मुलांच्या पुस्तकांतल्या गोष्टी सादर केल्या, तर त्यांना

Teacher training at Ulhasnagar for QUEST-Magic Bus collaborative project

QUEST and Magic Bus Foundation run a collaborative project on level-based learning in Municipal schools at Ulhasnagar. The teachers of these 10 schools participated in a workshop on March 2-3, 2017, on language and math. QUEST’s Project Officer Atul Gaikwad along with team members Tushar Marade and Dhammanand gave training inputs. Project Coordinator from Magic Bus, Rima Sengupta, was also present. The participants appreciated the lesson demonstrations using the specially created Saksham books.

क्वेस्ट आणि मॅजिकबस फाउंडेशन यांच्या वतीने उल्हासनगर महानगर पालिकेच्या १० मराठी शाळांत ‘सक्षम’ हा

An exhibition on Child Development at Vikramgad - March 6, 2017

QUEST, in collaboration with Centre for Learning Resources (CLR), ICDS and Panchayat Samiti Vikramgad organized an exhibition titled 'Vikas Balacha Sahabhag Sarvancha'. The exhibition highlights children's development from 0 to 6 years, and the role that adults can play in ensuring good health, nutrition, care and education for chidlren. This one-day exhibition was attended by 350 Anganwadi workers & supervisors, as well as over 100 local people. The BDO and Sabhapati of Vikramgad also visited the exhibition.

QUESTians go for an 'exposure visit' to Pune... Feb. 16-17, 2017

A joint exposure visit for teams of Pune Pustakgadi, Sonale Pustakgadi , Balbhavan, School support centre was organised on  February 16-17, 2017 at Pune.  The teams visited 3 renowned institutions - Raja Kelkar Museum, Muktangan Science Centre at IUCAA and Aksharnandan School.

Raja Kelkar Museum:

(What is तटप्पलगई ????  Google does not have answers to each and every question!!!)

The teams had their rendezvous with the past while moving through the galleries of this museum.