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Pustak Gadi Program inaugurated on Feb 22, 2015

The Tribal Development Department of Maharashtra Government has launched a new project – “Pustakgadi” - in collaboration with QUEST.

Pustakgadi is a Mobile Active Library programme for students of Ashram schools.  The programme aims to broaden children’s horizons by providing them with not just books but also supporting activities. Pustakgadi is a van with books, a computer and projector, a screen to display children's movies, solar panel and inverters.

QUEST team visits Anand Niketan, Wardha

QUEST's Balbhavan team went for an exposure visit to Nayee Taleem, Anand Niketan, Wardha. The school was started by Mahatma Gandhi on the philosophy of Nayee Taleem (Learning while doing). Balmitras attended different sessions in the school. They met a teacher from Anand Niketan, Wardha who was also a student when the school was started by Mahatma Gandhi. Students from the school taught Balmitras how to spin Khadi using Peti Charkha.

Workshop for Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya

On January 5-6, 2015, the QUEST team conducted a workshop for the Online Math Course. The participants were teachers of KGBV, Jalna as well as some school teachers from Vasai and Uchat. The online math course (in Marathi) is intended to strengthen the teachers’ content knowledge. It contains several reading materials and assignments which they can access online, and a few contact sessions with subject experts.

Itku Pitku puppet show

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 QUEST team recently conducted puppet shows at Ashram Schools in Gargao and Pali (Wada Taluka). The shows were based on a story from a children's book ‘Itku Pitku Akashvanivar’, about two mice who visit a radio station. Over 300 children from grade 1 to 7 enjoyed the show.

Shared Reading

Contrary to what is usually believed, even if children are able to decode, they may not be able to make meaning from the text. They need scaffolding and handholding of considerable duration from an early stage. This can be achieved effectively through shared reading where an adult reads a story book aloud along with the child. During shared reading, the adult asks the child to predict the storyline from the pictures. This prediction is referred to later in the light of how the story actually turns out.

What is Reading and Writing ?

Lipi defines ‘reading’ as a competence to make meaning from written language and ‘writing’ as a competence to express one's views, thoughts and feelings through print. The programme believes that the process of becoming literate is closely linked to a child’s developmental process and needs scaffolding from adults at a right time and in a right manner. Lipi tries to provide this scaffolding through its thoughtfully planned interventions.  

What is Lipi ?

Lipi is a comprehensive programme designed with the aim of helping Marathi medium Schools to strengthen their literacy instruction. Considering the alpha-syllabic nature of Devnagari script (the script used for writing the language Marathi) & the socioeconomic realities in which most of the Marathi medium schools operate, the programme tries to converge a few successful approaches to Early Literacy Instruction in Indian Languages.
 
Interventions under Lipi
  1. Emergent reading writing programme for pre-schools
  2. 16 unit graded programme for children in grade 1 to 3
  3. Literacy remediation programme

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