BALAKMANDIR (NURSERY SCHOOLS)

The little ones leaped and shouted and laughed and the walls echoed.  Every new born child is endowed with the seed of divine tryst in it.  The seed has the possible tendency to manifest itself into a well grown tree adorned with countless traits.  It is with this objective that D.E.S. has started in this small town three well equipped Balak Mandir (Montessori Schools) for aptly nurturing and educating the blooming kids.

Every child is innately endowed with a seed of divine reason which embodies diverse qualities in the potential form.  With the growth of the child, these qualities have a tendency to emerge from the seed and manifest themselves.  This however requires the proper and all-round development of the child, particularly more so in the physical, mental, intellectual and cultural faculties. This is where the education starts playing its key role in the early life of the child.  Having regard to this instinct of a child and growing importance of child education, Dhamangaon Education Society during the span of 10 years from 1952 to 1962 opened 3 Balakmandir to benefit the aspiring children from different parts of the town.

(1)  SMT. NARMADABAI RADHAKISANJI PANPALIYA MANDWEWALE BALAKMANDIR

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The first Balakmandir of the chain was established in the class room of Hirabai Goenka Kanya Vidyalaya on the auspicious occasion of 15TH August 1952.  In the year 1955, the Society received generous donation of Rs.11001/- from Shri Radhakisanji Panpaliya.  This was utilized for the construction of the separate building for this newly started Balakmandir.  In view of the said donation, this institution as per the wishes of the donor was named as Sau. Narmadabai Radhakisanji Panpaliya Mandwewale Balakmandir.  It needs to be mentioned that Smt. Mayadevi Bhalchandra from Yeotmal, Smt. Date and Smt. Vharadpande from Nagpur and Smt. Miradevi Mundhada from Wardha rendered their valuable co-operation for the development of this institution.  The staff of this Balakmandir comprises 4 trained teachers and 3 non-teaching employees.  The working of the school spreads over two shifts.

Head Mistress - Mrs. Snehal Lohe

 

(2)  SMT. RUKMINIDEVI AGRAWAL BALAKMANDIR

In view of the tremendous response received from the parents to the above mentioned Balakmandir, the Society evinced its prudence and opened second Balakmandir in the Dattapur area of the town on 15Th August 1958. This was named as Smt. Rukminidevi Agrawal Balakmandir, being the name of the revered mother of Shri Laxminarayanji Agrawal, the ex-President of D.E.S.  Shri Laxminarayanji donated a sum of Rs. 5001/- to the Society in the fond memory of his late mother. The Balakmandir is managed by three teachers who are suitably qualified having one year Diploma in Montessori System of Education and is supported by two non –teaching employees.

Head Mistress - Mrs. Pushpa Nagpure

 

(3)  SMT. KAMALADEVI SHARMA BALAKMANDIR

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The third Balakmandir of the Society came into existence on 15TH August 1961 for the convenience of the wards of the parents residing in and around the local market area.  In the year 1975, Smt. Kamaladevi Sharma offered a donation of Rs. 11001/-to the Society.  Consequent on this, the said Balakmandir was named as Smt. Kamaladevi Sharma Balakmandir to respectfully acknowledge the munificence of the donor. She was benevolent to donate her home also to the Society.  In the late years, a separate building for this Balakmandir was also built.  Three trained teachers having Diploma in Montessori Education along with two non-teaching employees manage the working of this Balakmandir.  The institute functions in two shifts.

Head Mistress - Mrs. Vandana Vandalkar

 

All these Balakmandir right from their inception are functioning as per the Montessori System of Education and are well equipped with appropriate educational material. The Montessori Approach emphasizes on independence, freedom and respect for child’s psychological development. These Balakmandir are approved by the Government. Initially, these Balakmandir used to get the grant for the nourishment of the children from the Central Social Welfare Department, New Delhi through the Social Welfare Advisory Council of the State.

 

 

SPECIALITIES OF BALAKMANDIR

 
1
Every child is medically examined and the findings of the medical examinations are noted on the   specially designed cards. The data regarding the height, weight etc is also entered. As per the Child Preservation Scheme, the free medicines are supplied by the institutions to the children for their minor physical deficiencies. To maintain cleanliness, nail cutters, soaps, toothpowder, towels etc are provided.
 
2
The annual progress report containing information regarding the child’s intellectual and physical development is given to him at the end of the year.
 
3
Along with imparting instructions as per the scientific system of Montessori education, the children are persuaded to memorize the slokas from Geeta and Sanskrit proverbs. Similarly, they are familiarized with the art of singing and dancing.
 
4
They are also made to present the cultural activities on specific occasions. These activities comprise oratory, dramatics, dancing, singing etc.
 
5
Efforts are taken to contact the parents for seeking their esteemed suggestions to make the institutions more active.
 
6
The children are provided with nourishment containing active principles that are essential for the physical growth of the blooming kids.