Spread The Smile 2017

Registrations are now open for Spread the Smile ’17 to be conducted on the weekends of 21-22nd Jan, 28-29th Jan and 4-5th Feb.

The volunteers for a particular weekend will conduct activities from Saturday morning till Sunday afternoon. Accommodation and food for the volunteer group will be made available at the respective villages.

The volunteer group at every village will design and conduct activities. Every village will also have a village coordinator, who will be responsible for the planning and distribution of work among the volunteers.

The registration form can be found here.

There will be a registration fee of Rs 300 per volunteer, per weekend which will cover travel and food expenses (Accommodation is free). The last date for registration is 1st January 2017.

For further enquiry fill the following form:

Spread the Smile’16

Spread the Smile, an annual initiative by Disha founded in 2012, intends to bring the joy of science and interactive teaching to school children in villages around Pune. STS’15, conducted last year, was a significant success in terms of overall organization. However, the variety of the demonstrations and their execution could be improved upon. For this purpose, in STS’16, we have concept based modules, prepared by our Disha Resource Team, which have enough number of experiments. Problems also arose in villages where the schools were located on the outskirts of the village. In such cases, we observed poor participation on Sunday mornings in these schools, as the students were busy in usual weekend tasks. So, this time we are planning to hold Sunday morning activities within the village, hoping to involve people outside the school as well.

STS’15 got overwhelming support from colleges throughout Pune. We also got positive feedback from most of them. Previously, though, they were disappointed as they didn’t play a major role in the designing of demos, which was mainly done in IISER. Most of them weren’t able to come to IISER for meetings and workshops. Taking this into account, we visited those colleges which showed good participation last time and collaborated with them. This helped us in exchange of ideas and we got some useful inputs from them. In addition, the village coordinators visited their assigned villages in advance so that they get an idea about details regarding students, schedules of classes, food availability, accommodation, and so on. This year we have planned for expeditions on the weekends 16-17 Jan, 23-24 Jan, 30-31 Jan and 7-8 Feb to the villages Wazegar, Saaygaon, Kaamthadi, Kule, Asde and Kashig. Of these, Kule, Asde, and Kashig have never been visited before under the STS program.

Spread the Smile has always been a meaningful experience for volunteers.  They have benefitted from their glimpse of rural life, by getting out of their comfort zone. In the event of unforeseen problems, our volunteers have shown appreciable sense of responsibility and presence of mind, which such initiatives tend to develop in all of us. As organizers, we continue to learn and grow from our experiences, and try to plan better each year. Our biggest reward is, of course, witnessing the smile on those eager kids’ faces as they discover the joy of learning. Continuing our journey of 4 years, we will strive to make STS’16 an unforgettably pleasant experience for all the villagers as well as the volunteers.

If interested, please contact:
Mukta Joshi (mukta.joshi@students.iiserpune.ac.in)  Mob.: +919763561133
Prachi Atmasiddha (prachi.atmariddha@students.iiserpune.ac.in)  Mob.: +919168982016

Manifesto: Sharvaree Vadgama (Outreach coordinator)

Manifesto: Outreach Team

Aim:

  1. Reaching out to villages around Pune. Focusing mainly on improvising Education and using Science and Technology to solve their daily-life problems.
  2. To involve students from other Institutes.

Objective:

  1. Trying to find solutions to all those problems which we got to know during Spread the Smile ’12 and ’13.

Working methods:

  • School Level:
  1. To have some activity going on in those schools wherein we plan to keep something that is continuous and useful to the students.
  2. Provide students with proper and relevant educational materials (books, cds, scientific toys, stuff for experiments)
  3. To give proper Career Counselling sessions.
  • Village Level: (Work at small and practically possible projects)
  1. Take up a small (two to three week long) project which deals with their daily-life problems and also take expert help for it if required.
  2. To have some awareness programs conducted (mainly in schools) for villagers which includes talks by some prominent person, demonstrations, etc.

Camp:

Aim: to bring extra-ordinary kids to IISER and then help them and teach them to the best of our levels.

Objectives:

  1. Give more attention to extra-ordinary students.
  2. Expose them to Science and other streams in a rigorous manner.
  3. To guide them to think independently and thus aim to build a better future for them.

Guideline :

Keeping in mind that we cannot expect to bring drastic changes in a particular place given the time and people we have, but we can make people of the villages aware about many issues and hope that some day they themselves may understand the problems to think of a solution.

Manifesto: Himanshu Badhani (Resource coordinator)

1. To build a good resource team (with a sustainable structure) of creative persons that will include members of other activities.

2. To build a reasonably large enough collection of activities and other pedagogical documents to enable more efficient functioning of the Abhyasikas and the outreach activities.

3. To organize some in-campus activities to create a social-conscious environment and to gather support (both voluntary and financial) in favor of Disha.

4. To maintain good communication with the activities of Disha and to respond to the requirements at my fullest.

5. To manage online publicity through an active Facebook page and the Blog and to explore the possibilities of a website.

Manifesto: Nishad Mandlik (General coordinator)

  1. Ensuring the continuation of present programs through informed interaction with coordinators.
  2. Identification and motivating members: through sharing of responsibilities and arrangement of workshops.
  3. Spreading the word: through 1. Workshops 2. Short Info Sessions in clubs/lab meetings etc.
  4. Interaction with Advisory Group: for advice, information and help.
  5. Identification and interaction with other social groups/ organizations for 1. Sharing of resources and planning workshops 2. Involvement in activities of Disha and organization of workshops as part of Outreach activities.
  6. New Initiatives: Feasibility wrt 1. No of interested volunteers 2. Through the view of the students, and associated teachers/officials.