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'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.

My Fluffy Cat

on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 11:47

My cat is a fluffy little ball of brown fur.
When he was a small kitten he used to squeak.
So we named him Squeak.
He is playful and fun o watch.
He bats pieces of paper and wool.
He jumps after a rubber ball.
He drinks milk and eats cat food.
He is very careful when he walks on the table.
He hunts and brings in a live rat into the house.
My sister does not like this gift,
My sister is scared of rats.
She squeals and screams.
Dad takes the rat and lets it out in the garden.
The rat hurries into the bushes as fast as he can.
Squeak has brought us many gifts to show his love.
A bird, a frog, and even a tiny rabbit.
He holds them gently so they are not hurt,
They are always let out safe and sound.







Manu Kaka’s Special Pets

on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 11:41

Some people have dogs and some have cats.
Some keep fish, and some like parrots for pets.
Manu kaka has odd pets.
He lives in a big house.
It has a large pond at the back.
He has a black alligator that eats fish for snacks.
At home, he keeps four pet tortoises.
One of them is a hundred years old.
They eat green leaves and vegetables.
He also has a big elephant in his courtyard.
The elephant eats stacks of sugarcane and coconuts.
In one room Manu kaka has a glass tank full of snakes.
They need a dozen eggs to eat in a day.
When he was younger Manu kaka had a pet tiger.
It gave his friends a fright.
He gave it away to the zoo.
Manu kaka says that he is going to get a dinosaur.
My brother says Manu kaka is joking.






Jack and the Bean Stalk

on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 11:31

There was a young boy called Jack.

He lived with his mother in a shack.

They did not own much and were poor.

They did have an old brown cow.

It stopped giving any milk.

So mother said, ‘let us sell this old cow’.

Jack frowned and said, “How can we sell our cow now?”

Mother scowled.

So Jack walked slowly to town.

To sell the old brown cow. He found a thin man with his hat over his brow

Who showed Jack five small beans to sow.

The beans are magic vowed the man.

They will grow into a big strong tree.

“Wow,” said Jack and sold the cow for the beans.

Jack’s mother said “You are late.

Where have you been?” When Jack told her he had sold the cow for beans, she was very cross.

“I have never seen such a foolish boy!” she growled.

She threw the beans out of the window,

And Jack had to sleep without any meal.

The next day his room was in shadow Of a thick bean stalk that had grown in the night.

What a sight it was!

Jack climbed up the tall bean stalk and saw

A large giant with a crown sitting at the table.

He was counting a stack of money.

Under the table was a sack of gold.

Jack saw that the sack was his father’s.

He knew that the giant had stolen the gold.

He hid from the big giant and Waited for him to fall asleep.

Jack crept up to the gold, took it,

And ran down the tree.

The giant woke up and ran after him.

Jack ran faster and got to the ground.

Clever Jack showed everyone his father’s sack.

The giant was taken away by the giant police.

Mother and Jack are now rich.

They proudly own a big house in town.