Door Step School is an NGO working for education of underprivileged children in Pune, Maharashtra. Door Step School was started in Mumbai by Mrs. Rajani Paranjpe and her ex-student Bina Sheth Lashkari in 1989, with an objective of addressing social problems like inequality, unemployment, and poverty, through education. Later Mrs. Paranjpe shifted to Pune in 1993 and started a branch of Door Step School in Pune.
The organisation aims at developing basic literacy skills among underprivileged children through various innovative projects.
Door Step School has successfully taken the school, along with teachers and teaching aids, to the doorstep of children especially from migrant communities in the city.
Major projects run by Door Step School are -‘Reading Classes’ for students in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation schools;
‘Community Learning Centers’ for children living in slums;
‘School-on- Wheels’ Mobile Classroom for children on the roads and in temporary shelters;
‘School Transport’ facility for children living on construction sites and temporary slums;
‘Every Child Counts’ citizens’ campaign to bring out-of- school
children into the mainstream of formal education under Right To Education Act;
‘Parents’ Participation in Child’s Education’; and other various activities like Science Exhibition, Book Fair, and Action Groups working for Child Rights, etc.
During the year 2015-16, a total of 63,743 children from 240 government schools and 3,748 locations (construction sites, labour
habitats, slums, etc.) in Pune and surrounding area benefited from above-mentioned projects of the organisation.
Another new project ‘Teach Them Young’ has been introduced by Door Step School in government schools in Pune, which aims at developing good sanitation and eating habits among younger students. Under this project, awareness about health and hygiene, sanitation, etc. will be created at school-level by involving children and their parents.
Why do we need funds?
Funds are required to arrange school transport for underprivileged children enrolled in Government schools in Pune. Approximate cost of transport for one child is Rs.450/- per month or Rs.4,500/- for one academic year. We have identified more than150 children from various slums and temporary shelters across Pune city, who cannot attend school only due to lack of school transport facility. Government schools provide free education from Class 1 till 8 th standard. However, they do not provide everyday transport facility.
The parents are often illiterate and cannot afford to pay for the transport.
The total cost of transportation of 150 children comes to 675000
We request you to please support the cause and help us in educating children from the less privileged sections.
Thank you !