Shikhshaangans (Free Coaching Centres for the Needy Underprivileged Students): We run five such centres at present. One in Thane, two in Rabale ,one in New Panvel and the fifth one in CBD Belapur.
If the number of students is more than 20-25, then we have two batches. The students who attend are right from the 1st standard to the 10th standard. From the 9th standard onwards, or earlier, we help them to attend private coaching classes to get better focused coaching.
During non-school hours the underprivileged children are coached by appointed instructors. In these Shikhshaangans 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 supported by our Trust, to the extent possible, financially till they graduate.
We will soon be starting our sixth 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.
There are around 48 students at Thane Shikshaangan and this was started in Feb. 2015. A temporary place has been rented for the classes. Mr. Amol Jadhav is the instructor( seen on the right ). The primary section was recently started in 2020.
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 main instructor is Mr. Rahul Pawar. The students are segregated into three sections—upto 4th under one instructor, 5th to 7th under another instructor and students from the 8th to the 10th std are sent to a coaching centre.
There are 20 students at New Panvel Shikshaangan and this was started in July 2018. The instructor is Miss Shalini Mhaske. The classes are conducted in one of the houses of the student at Bhim Nagar, sector 3, for the classes.