Shikhshaangans : These are Free Coaching Centres for the Needy Underprivileged Students. We run Seven such centres at present. Two in Thane, two in Rabale ,one in New Panvel, one in CBD Belapur, one in Ghansoli and one in Khandeswar. There are a total of around 225 students in the Shikshaangans. We plan to start one more Shikshaangan this year.
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 Seventh Shikshaangan in August 2022.
Thane Shikshaangans: There are two Shikshaangans – One for Juniours (up to 5th Std.) and one for Seniors( 6th to 10th Std.). The classes of both the Shikshaangans are conducted in two separate rented premises. The Thane Centre was divided in to two units in 2020.
Thane Senior Shikshaangan: Mr. Amol Jadhav is the instructor( seen on the right ) for the Senior section and there are 40 students at this Centre. Mr. Sushil S Kumbhar, a Chemical Engineer, has agreed to come and teach the 9th & 10th Std. students Maths & science. (This Centre was started in Feb. 2015.)
Thane Junior Shikshaangan: Mrs. Yogita Rahul Jadhav is the instructor for the Primary section. There are 30 students at this Centre.
Rabale 2 Shikshaangan: This Centre was started in August 2019. There are twenty five students in this Shikshaangan and it is also located in Rabale. 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.
CBD Shikshaangan: There are 28 students at CBD Shikshaangan and this was started in Jan. 2021. A temporary good shed has been built for the classes. Mrs. Kavita Sandeep is the instructor.
Ghansoli Shikshaangan: This Centre was started on 1st January 2022. There are 20 students and the instructor is Mrs. Pallavi Khattal. ( At present this Shikshaangan is non-operational. We hope to restart soon.)
Khandeswar Shikshaangan : This Centre was started in August 2022. There are 28 students and the instructor is Mr. Jayshree. This Shikshaangan is run in the memory of Mrs. Manju Kaushik, wife of Mrs. Anil Kaushik. This is a hutment area with no power and water connections.
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.
We have also taken the students on other trips such as – Biodiversity Park at Airoli & Circus.