Special Mentions from DSS Site Classes

Shivaji Rathod is a student of 3rd std. from Golwalkar – E&Y CLC (Community Learning Center). He was a very naughty and mischievous boy when he started attending DSS class. He came along with his sister. His language was rude and rough, with other children and with teachers, too. The teacher observed his behaviour and tried to find out the reasons. When asked about his daily routine, Shivaji told the teacher that both of his parents leave for work in the morning to return late in the evening. When they are back, they are so tired that they cannot bear their own children’s noise. Hence, Shivaji and his sister are not allowed to even talk in front of their parents. If they try to speak, the parents shout at them. This situation had led the siblings keep shouting all the day. The teacher understood Shivaji’s problem and started involving him in various activities and games. With the feeling of being attended and being cared throughout the day, Shivaji calmed down slowly. Now he actively participates in class activities, and enjoys playing games and drawing pictures.

Madhuri Sonawane is a DSS teacher at the site class on Windsor Park construction site. She used to sing songs for the children and taught them some actions based on the lyrics. The children would sit and listen to her and then stand up to follow her actions. After few days, the teacher would sit and sing the song, while the children stood and start making the actions. If you visit this site class today, you will find that as soon as the teacher starts with first line of the song, the Nursery children start singing and Creche children start making actions, on their own!

Everyday, one of the DSS teachers conducts morning prayers for children at site class on Swadesh construction site. The prayer ends with ‘Jai Hind’ followed by ‘Jai Maharashtra’. The labourer families on this site are from Chattisgarh state. As soon as the teacher says ‘Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra’, a boy named Bhupendra says ‘Jai Hind, Jai Chattisgarh’!

(Contributed by Anuradha Yernule)