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'Maase Vaachva Abhiyan' at Tilase - a great success!

Mahashivratri - a big day for QUESTians in Wada Taluka.... because they undertake 'Maase Vaachva Abhiyan' every year, at Tilase, during the Mahashvratri fair, to prevent people from putting garbage in the fish pond which is home to endangered Mahseer fish. During this annual activity held this year on February 24, 2017, the QUESTians were happy to report that there is very little garbage being thrown, probably due to the consistent awareness created by them since 2009!!
महाशिवरात्रीचा दिवस क्वेस्ट टीमसाठी खूप महत्त्वाचा - कारण २००९ पासून दरवर्षी या दिवशी क्वेस्टचे कार्यकर्ते जातात तिळसे (वाडा

One more award for QUEST!

The Early Childhood Association, India selected QUEST for the 'Award for the Most Committed NGO of the Year for Working for Young Children and their Education'! 

This award was given in recognition of QUEST's work with Anganwadis, through the Ankur program. During a conference on ECE in Mumbai held on February 25, 2017, Nitin Vishe (Project Officer, Ankur) accepted the award on behalf of the QUEST team and the Anganwadi workers and supervisers who have been associated with the Ankur program, at the hands of chief guest Nirvaan Birla.

It was quite an honor for QUEST, to receive this

Goshta Rang team performed in Pune Schools - January 2017

Goshta Rang team recently took Pune by storm! They performed their stories in some schools which are part of QUEST's new Pustak Gadi project in Pune. The highlight was the presence of celebrities like well known author and artist Madhuri Purandare, famous actor Jitendra Joshi etc. But the best prize for the team was lots of happy faces of children in the audience! Here are some glimpses.

गोष्टरंग टीमने जानेवारी महिन्यात पुण्यातल्या शाळांत गोष्टी सादर केल्या. क्वेस्टच्या 'पुस्तक गाडी' या पुण्यात नुकत्याच सुरू झालेल्या उपक्रमाचा भाग असलेल्या शाळांत गोष्टरंग टीमने धमाल उडवून दिली! त्यातल्या एका

'Extraordinary Early Childhood Education Leadership Award' for Nilesh Nimkar!

The QUEST team is happy and proud that Nilesh Nimkar (Director, QUEST) received the Extraordinary Early Childhood Education Leadership Award, given by Education World magazine! The award was given at Bangalore on January 21st, during a conference on Early Childhood Education! He accepted this award on behalf of the Ankur team of QUEST, the Anganwadi workers and supervisors, whose work was recognized through this award!
क्वेस्टचे संचालक नीलेश निमकर यांना २१ जानेवारी रोजी बंगलोर इथे 'एज्युकेशन वर्ल्ड' मासिकातर्फे दिला जाणारा Extraordinary Early Childhood Education Leadership पुरस्कार देण्यात

Q 10 - स्नेहमेळावा - Celebrating 10 years of QUEST!

On January 1, 2017, QUEST completed 10 years of its existence! A get-together of all QUESTians - old and new - was held on Jan. 7-8, to celebrate the completion of 10 years! A lot of fun, games, presentations, reminiscing about the past, visualizing for the future! (Photos: Pramod Kamble)

क्वेस्टला १० वर्ष पूर्ण झाली त्यानिमित्त सर्व जुन्या - नव्या क्वेस्ट टीम मेम्बर्सचा स्नेहमेळावा ७-८ जानेवारीला झाला. खूप मज्जा, खेळ, गप्पा, सादरीकरण, जुन्या आठवणींना उजाळा आणि भविष्यासाठी योजना! (फोटो: प्रमोद कांबळे)


Pustak Gadi project launched in Pune - January 2017

QUEST's Pustak Gadi project has now started in Pune! In collaboration with Rotary Club Pune NIBM and Nelson, the project will reach out to about 1700 children from 5 schools in Pune, over 3 years. The main visible attraction is the 'Pustak Gadi' iteself, a van which will go from school to school, carrying lots of books in Marathi and English. The trained team of QUEST will travel in the van and conduct reading activities in the schools, which will create a print-friendly environment as well as excite children to read - this will also help them improve their literacy skills.


Teacher training at Dhule for Saksham Program - Jan. 2017

QUEST's senior project officer Archana Kulkarni conducting a workshop for Ashram School teachers in Pimpalner & Waki (Dhule district), where QUEST's Saksham program is operating. The teachers (re) learnt fractions and other basic mathematical operations! Archana also provided on-site support to teachers during their classroom sessions and interacted with the students.


Teacher training at Nanded for Saksham Program - Jan. 2017

Training of teachers at Sagroli (Nanded), for QUEST's Saksham program was conducted by resource person Meena Nimkar on January 2-5, 2017. The teachers learnt how to use the special level-based books designed by QUEST, and also learnt how to conduct active library sessions.


QUEST presentation at ECE Conference, Bengaluru, Nov. 7-8, 2016

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! 


Vaachan Prerana Din - October 15, 2016

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.