Shikhshaangans (Free Coaching Centres for the Needy Underprivileged Students): We run six such centres at present. One in Thane, two in Rabale ,one in New Panvel, one in CBD Belapur and one in Ghansoli. There are a total of around 225 students in the Shikshaangans.
Bridging The Digital Divide : As a part of our campaign to bridge the digital divide we have installed a Smart TV along with a Laptop at the Shikshaangan. Our thanks to Amazon to make it happen.
During non-school hours the underprivileged children are coached by appointed instructors. Students from the 1st standard to the 10th std. attend the classes of the Shikshaangans. In these Shikshaangans along with covering the school syllabus, emphasis is also placed on imparting to the children skills such as — Spoken English, Public speaking, Confidence building measures, etc. We celebrate different functions with the children – such as Independence Day, Diwali, New Year, Christmas, Shivaji Jayanthi, Birthdays of well-wishers etc. We also gift various necessary items to the children (shoes, story books, note books, schools bags, dresses, creative toys etc.).
The idea is to help the children to build up a strong base so that they are able to well when they reach higher classes. The children from these Shikshaangans will financially supported by our Trust, to the extent possible, till they graduate.
We started our sixth Shikshaangan in January 2022.
Our First Shikshaangan: The number of students has crossed 70 at Thane Shikshaangan and this Centre was started in Feb. 2015. A temporary place has been rented for the classes. Mr. Amol Jadhav is the instructor( seen on the right ) for the Senior section( 5th and above). The primary section was recently started in 2020 and the name of the instructor Mrs. Yogita Rahul Jadhav. We have also appointed the services of Mr. Sanket Jadhav to teach Science & Maths to the 9th & 10th Std. students. We will be hiring another room for the senior students.
Second Shikshaangan ( Rabale 1): There are more than 40 students at Rabale Shikshaangan and it was started in June 2016. The classes are conducted in Kashiram Hindi Vidyalaya. The instructor is Mr. Rahul Pawar. The students from 8th to the 10th std are sent to a private coaching centre.
Third Shikshaangan: There are 32 students at New Panvel Shikshaangan and this was started in July 2018. The instructor is Mr. Ajit Khattal. The classes are conducted in one of the houses of the students at Bhim Nagar, sector 3.
Fourth Shikshaangan: We started our in August 2019. There are twentyfive students in this Shikshaangan and it is also located in Rabale ( Rabale 2 Shikshaangan). Mr. Rahul Pawar takes care of the Shikshaangan. Shiv Sena Bhawan has allowed us to use their premises free of charge for conducting the classes.
5th Shikshaangan: There are around 40 students at CBD Shikshaangan and this was started in Jan. 2021. A temporary good shed has been built for the classes. Miss Pooja Paswan is the instructor for Junior students. Mrs. Kavita Sandeep is the instructor for senior students.
Sixth Shikshaangan:1st January 2022 we started one more Shikshaangan taking the number of Shikshaangans operated by the Trust to six. Our 6th Shikshaangan is located at Ghansoli. and is run in coordination with Stree Mukti Sanghatana. There are 20 students at present and are a mix of NMMC School students and Private School students. All students are from the needy section of the society.
2021 May: We conducted Online Holiday Classes for the Shikshaangan students. Master Aayush Gopal, an eight std. student conducted the sessions and covered : a) How to solve the Rubic Puzzle( already commenced); b) Basics of Chess; c)Magic Squares. Basics of Vedic Maths will be covered by Aayush’s grandmother, Mrs. Rajeswary Balachandran.
Along with academics, we interact with the students indifferent ways. An example — On the 13th of May 2019, we took the children of the different Shikshaangans in two buses on an educational trip to Nehru Science Centre. A fantastically educative trip indeed it was. The purpose of inculcating a spirit of scientific enquiry amongst the children was served.
The simple experimental demonstration by Saurabh, Tushar and team was a great success in making the students ask questions and start thinking. The team also did a great job while explaining the film on our Solar System. The children later saw a 3D film about life on our Earth.
A full day visit to the Centre is a must for all school students. The Management of the Centre was very kind to waive off all the charges ( Entrance and Films) as the children were from the underprivileged section. All the participants were given experimental kits from the centre as gifts.