Articles by Shobha Bhagwat
पालक-बालक (Parent and child)
Published in Loksatta News paper (Chaturang)
- मानवी संस्कृतीचं ‘मूळ’
- मुलांच्या मनातला मोर
- क्वालिटी टाइमच्या दिशेनं..
- मुलाचं आई-वडिलांना पत्र
- अनुभव हाच शिक्षक
- मूल नावाचं सुंदर कोडं
- ना हार ना जीत
- प्रश्नांना उत्तरं शोधू या
- चांगल्या व्यक्तिमत्त्वासाठी..
- शाळांमधलं सुंदर – असुंदर
- शिक्षण म्हणजे..
- घरातली पिकली पानं
- कुठेतरी बी रुजतंच रुजतं!
- रोज नवा साक्षात्कार!
- चला करू थोडा पसाराही!
- रागाचं काय करायचं?
- अनुभवांचं जग
- मुलांना मारू नका
- संवादाची भाषा
- मुलांमधील गुण
- घर काय काय देतं?
- पालक अर्थात 'संपूर्ण माणसं'
- मुलांची 'माणसं' करताना..
- हरवत चाललेलं अवकाश
Welcome to Garware Balbhavan
... a living institute that seeks to make Pune India's first child-centric city.
At Balbhavan children engage in a range of creative activities - do physical exercises by swaying to musical rhythms, draw and paint, learn paper folding, clay work, toy making, tend a vegetable patch or simply skate in the hall. They are often taken to visit places like cold drink factory, bakery, General post office, railway station, parks etc. to get to know their city better. Also small treks and trails are arranged in and around Pune. In order to give children healthy and cultured childhood.
What is Balbhavan?
Balbhavan is more than just a centrally located two-acre playground for children in Pune or a recreation center that serves as an area for social and cultural activity. In the psyche of thousands of Punekars across the world, Balbhavan is synonymous with a magical childhood enriched by varied experiences, new discoveries and warm, child-respecting adults.
Balbhavan is the creation of Mrs. Shobha Bhagwat (known to all as Shobha Tai) and her team of 50 dedicated, trained child care professionals. This institution not only moulds children into compassionate, articulate, clear-thinking individuals but also guides their parents into becoming socially aware, responsible adults through all its multifarious activities.
Garware Balbhavan formally opened its doors and its heart to the children of Pune on September 1, 1985 with one single aim: Provide children with moments of joy that they are unable to derive either from schools or from their homes.
At Balbhavan, children play freely in wide, open spaces. Due to this, their appetite grows, they feel hungry. They sleep quietly with ease. They remain happy and content. Their concentration improves. The multifarious experiences they are exposed to at Balbhavan enhance their self-confidence. By performing many skilled operations with their own hands, they grow into knowledgeable, self-reliant individuals. They learn many new things easily. From all this, they effortlessly learn many core life values. The environment of Balbhavan, which is one of love, trust and freedom helps in the all round development of children.
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- To provide children with moments of joy
- Make Pune a child-friendly, child-centric city
- Provide wide open space where children can play freely
- Provide this facility in the heart of the city
- Conduct activities to ensure holistic child development
Why do children love us?
At Balbhavan, children experience moments of joy that they are unable to derive either from schools or from their homes. Children come to Balbhavan in the evening after school. Here they are exposed to multifarious experiences in the form of exercise, sports, art & craft, stories, song & dance, drama, picnics, bird watching, trekking, industrial factory visits, live demonstrations, camps, campfire nights. To experience all these is an important constituent in developing & nurturing the personality of children. To children who come here, Balbhavan feels like "My Organisation". The specialty of Balbhavan is that it allows children to freely express themselves, to remain on the learning curve using the experiences and experiments that the Balbhavan environment provides them.
पुण्यात वंचित मुलांसाठी काम करणाऱ्या अनेक संस्था आहेत. अशा अनेक संस्थांची मुले बालभवनमधे काही निमित्ताने येत असतात.
एप्रिल - मे सुट्टीतल्या शिबीरांमधे ही मुले सहभागी होतात. सण - समारंभाच्या निमित्ताने बालभवनामधे येतात. दरवर्षी बालदिनाच्या दिवशी बालभवनची मुले आणि या संस्थांची मुले यांचा एकत्रित एक मोठा कार्यक्रम होतो.
यापैकी काही संस्थांच्या कार्यकर्त्यांसाठी बालभवनमधे प्रशिक्षणही होते.