We are Disha. We are an organisation that aims to make the world better. We are primarily student-led and based in IISER, Pune. We believe in actively shaping and reforming the society through our efforts. And this is what we have been doing for the last 10 years.
What We Do
Education to the under-privileged is one of our primary aims. Abhyasika, Mindspark, SNP, Pradnya and Prerna, all cater to the education of children from economically weaker sections of the society.
We believe that a lot of the society’s problems can be solved through a dialogue and explanation. In this light, we have Talk for Twenty which takes the lead in having talks and discussions on social issues.
And What We Are Doing In The Pandemic
As soon as we formed our core team, we tried to shortlist 7-8 students from 8th to 10th grade. We gathered their contact information and immediately started conducting sessions over WhatsApp or Google meet video conferences. Along with this, we were on a constant hunt for more volunteers. Apart from volunteers willing to teach, we even successfully built a team that worked on module making, scheduling, and some minor translation work. We created a system of recording a detailed session summary after each session to monitor every student’s progress.
Not only this, we even created a resource webpage where we compiled all the necessary information for our volunteers like the timetable, the progress of each student, teaching material, etc. We have conducted over a hundred sessions until now; we hope to continue working on his long and wholesome journey to help these little ones out!
Considering the pandemic situation, Mindspark has focused on redesigning its framework by encompassing a wide range of topics with more fun activities and thought-provoking questions. This modified structure aims to boost the reasoning ability of the students and help them to get a clearer picture of these concepts. The revised syllabus will be incorporated, once the teaching sessions resume after lockdown.
Translation Team is planning to widen its scope during this pandemic times. Apart from occasional translation of documents necessary for Disha programs, we have planned to translate videos in Marathi and Hindi. Most of the good quality educational videos available online are in English which happens to be a barrier in learning for students in Disha. So, we are planning to open a wide range of quality content for them by removing language barriers.