About Us

Door Step School is an NGO which was started with the aim of addressing literacy amongst the marginalized sections of society. The organisation built its program to address three major problems:

  • Non-enrollment
  • Wastage
  • Stagnation

Door Step School provides education and support to the often-forgotten children of pavement dwellers, slum dwellers, construction site families and many other underprivileged families. Many of these children are not enrolled in school and have limited access to books and a place to study. Additionally, many children drop out of school to work or care for younger children. With neither support nor resources at home some children also suffer from very low learning levels. We are trying to bridge this gap by bringing education to the “Door Step” of these underprivileged children.

Door Step School was established in Mumbai, India in 1988 and later expanded to Pune in 1993. It has impacted the lives of over 50,000 children since its inception.

Vision

To be an instrumental force that brings development to children.

Mission

All children deserve an education. An alarming number of India’s urban poor still remain without an opportunity to receive formal education. Our mission at Doorstep School is to bridge this divide using innovative programs that will bring education to these children and help them make the transition to literacy and a brighter future.

Goal

Primary education for all children up to 14 years of age.

Objectives

  • To provide facilities for improving literacy skills of children between age group of 3 to 14 years (School going and non school going) in the areas considered under the project.
  • To address the problems faced by our public school system viz., non-enrollment, wastage, stagnation and low quality of learning for the children enrolled.
  • To provide all these services at flexible timings and at suitable locations- be it in slums/pavements/streets.
  • To work towards overall development of children.

Core Values

  • Respect for the community and children
  • Focus on development
  • Maintain high quality standards
  • Participation of all stakeholders in the development process
  • Empathy towards those less privileged
  • Integrity and Openness in all activities undertaken

History

The concept of Door Step School came into being while working at the Social Service Centre at the Colaba Municipal School in 1988. A major activity of the centre was visiting homes of dropout children; trying to determine the cause of their dropping out and trying to bring them back to school. Factors affecting the inability to attend were varied and could not always be influenced directly by us. Despite a widespread infrastructure of formal education, a large number of children are yet uncovered by this system in Mumbai itself.

Therefore the need for another alternative whereby education would reach the children was seen, and the idea of a school at the children’s “door step” came into being. Door Step School became a reality with the start of one non formal education a class for 50 out of school teenagers in one community in 1988-89, and quickly spreading to 4 communities in the vicinity with balwadis, study classes and libraries also being initiated. Expanding to Pune in 1993, Door Step School is constantly evaluating the educational needs in the community and developing strategies for addressing them.

Direct intervention in and collaboration with the municipal corporation schools in both cities is one such development. This intervention was considered essential in view of the problem of wastage and stagnation observed over years.  It is aimed at facilitating the learning process and as making the school a place the children want to be in.

Achievements

  • More than 10,000 first generation learners have been enrolled by Door Step School in Municipal Schools since 1990.
  • The impact of 20 years of work with one community is best seen in the second generation learners of the Banjara community, the parents having been among our first students.
  • Our project areas in slum and pavement communities and rehabilitated slum complexes cover a population of about 2,35,000.
  • Bal Samuhas (youth group) comprising of mostly of Door Step School alumni are emerging in most of the communities and schools we work with. These young people, over 500 of them, are developing into leaders for their communities and are preparing themselves to deal with the issues that affect their community.
  • Over 100 alumni members have completed their graduation and are now pursuing careers of their choice.
  • DSS pioneered the concept of the School on Wheels, a mobile classroom and has been running them successfully since the past 13 years. There are five School on Wheels in Mumbai currently.

Door Step School is a registered nonprofit organization in India under:

Societies Registration Act, Reg. No.172-1989 G.B.B.S.D.

  • Public Trust Act Reg. No. F 13279(Mum.)
  • Section 80(G) of the Income Tax Exemption Act, Certificate No. CH-39, D/IMS 28049
  • Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 1976 (Registration no.  083780514)