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English E-Teach team LSF visits Latur

English E-Teach team LSF visits Latur in Maharashtra On Saturday 12th Oct 2013 conducting a major orientation program for 165 teachers (final no. of teachers as attended) between 10 to 3 on 12th Oct and another orientation for 20 schools in another part of Latur on the same day between 5 to 7 pm. At the occasion of the orientation program on the 12th were present ( as mentioned in the letter), Elected president of Z.P. Latur (District Head), Elected President of Panchayat Samiti( Latur Taluka), CEO of Latur District, and the undersigned authority of the letter, the BDO Latur Taluka, and all education officers of the Latur sub-district. It has also been reported by our team, that the CEO of Latur, in his address to the teachers re-iterated the need for better English teaching in primary schools run by Z.P system, and reassured the LSF team that the acceptance of the e-teach method in Latur would lead it to be implemented all over Maharashtra. The e-teach concept & method is being received well over the State in rural areas.

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Deutsche Bank's Asia Regional Volunteering Visit to Learning Space, Wada

Deutsche Bank's Asia Regional Volunteering Visit to Learning Space, Wada On 5th and 6th Oct 2013, the Deutsche Bank CSR India organized their Asia Regional Volunteering visit with 10 volunteers from offices in Singapore, Honkong and Kualampur, and an equal number of volunteers from Mumbai to Learning Space center in Wada with the sole objective of lighting up 65 homes in very interior hamlets (off the electrical grid) of a village in Wada, with permanent installation of solar lights. The solar lights project is an initiative of Project Chirag, a team of young people from Mumbai have done the solar lighting program for more than 150 villages in India. The team of 10 volunteers from other countries in Asia set up an organic garden in a High school on Sunday 6th Oct 2013, and then gifted the students of the school with a solar study lamp each to ensure that they have light every day after returning home from school.

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Mr. Nitin Orayan was chosen for the first time award

The Founder of Learning Space project Mr. Nitin Orayan was chosen for the first time award for Outstanding contribution to Rural primary education by Higher Education Forum, the largest online google group of educationists in India. On Sept 5th 2013, on the occasion of Teachers Day, at the K.C.College in South Mumbai, he was awarded the coveted prize, among other illustrious awardees in various categories of excellence in Higher education.

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Learning Space Foundation makes NGO viewpoint presentation Deutsche Bank's "Lakshya"

Learning Space Foundation makes NGO viewpoint presentation Deutsche Bank's "Lakshya", an annual support event for NGO's on 23rd Oct 2013 "Lakshya" is an annual NGO support event organized by Deutsche Bank as part of its CSR support for all participating NGOs in India. At the event, which had prominent speakers from FICCI, and reputed NGOs speaking on the implications of the Section 135, CSR Bill passed by the parliament and supported by the President of India, Learning Space Foundation's Nitin Orayan presented a half-an-hour talk and insight into challenges faced by NGO's and NGO expectations from the Corporate Sector.

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ONIDA donates 25 TV sets and DVD players to Learning Space

ONIDA donates 25 TV sets and DVD players to Learning Space for support to English e-teach program in Z.P. schools of Thane district

The English E-teach program running from the academic year June 2012 in Wada Taluka's 300 primary schools is doing well but for some lack of hardware in schools where teachers have been doing without it but sincerely following the e-teach module. This year the program has also been launched in 325 primary schools of Bhiwandi Taluka in Thane district, and here also need for hardware is very critical. The chairman of ONIDA Mr Gulu Mirchandani has been very supportive of the program and after testing the efficacy of the program in rural schools through his staff members, he decided to make a donation of 25 sets to most needy schools where teachers have been very sincere. We thank the chairman of ONIDA and our e-teach core committe member Mr Indru Advani for being the one to suggest the company and meet with the Chairman.

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Nitin Orayan Social Service

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Launching of ADOPT-A-SCHOOL Project in Wada and Bhiwandi Talukas of Thane District

On the 1st June 2014, the project of renovating and re-creating Zilla Parishad (Z.P.) run primary schools was formally launched by the Chief Exec. Officer of Z.P. Thane, Shri Shekhar Gaikwad along with many of the top officials of the district and Taluka level of Wada and Bhiwandi.

The project that has found an official sponsor in Lions Club of Juhu (LCJ), brought a number of Lions members to the inauguration and discussion meeting led by the current President, Shri Ashish Sheth. The project of re-creating a vibrant and positive schooling environment for the local children is the brain-child of Learning Space Foundation that has been working relentlessly for almost a decade to improve schooling environment and conditions for village preschool and primary school children in the district.

The first school chosen for initiating the project, Z.P. school Avachit Pada was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Shri Gaikwad at 10 am, and soon he noticed the immense difference in the quality of learning with English language taught with e-teach DVD's, animated hand-painted walls narrating essentials of main subjects – one subject in every corner, magnetic boards for display and proper storage facility for all eseentials in the school. Shri Gaikwad, in his address to the gathering at the Learning Space centre in Kelthan near Vajreshwari, praised the combined efforts of LSF and the LCJ & re-iterated his openness for Public-Private social investment to better infrastructure and resources for learning in the rural areas of Thane district.

The President of LCJ announced that five more schools' renovation budget had been sanctioned by their committee and that a cluster of smart schools will be created by the end of the current academic year.

In the wake of useful partnerships in social investment, here is an ideal example of a tripartite synergy between the govt. body, an implementation NGO and a prestigious Lions Club that has completed over 50 years of social service.

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Event on open discussion between Learning Space Foundation and Pune Committee Members.

Learning Space centre near Vajreshwari hosted a unique event for an open discussion between the committee members of English language textbook syllabus, based in Pune and comprising of Kumar Ketkar (Chairman), Dhanvanti Hardikar (Head of Team), Shruti Chaudhari and Nilesh Kedare , and the Zilla Parishad schools fraternity with officials, Principals and teachers.

The use of electronic medium for teaching rural children English language was the topic of discussion and most participants backed the idea, many of them recounting their personal experience of the value of teaching correct pronunciation and practical aspects of the language to rural children at an early age. Mr. Nitin Orayan, Founder, LSF presented the committee a complete report of 3 years progress made in rural primary schooling with the E.Teach English project.

The Mi Marathi TV channel that covered the event's proceedings, also interviewed many participants and the panelists from the committee.

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