THE MUSEUM SCHOOL started in DELHI on 4 July 2010

The Museum School was started by SWANS DELHI on 4 July (Sunday) at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi. A formal inauguration has been planned later. The Museum School has been started in a weekend mode (every Sunday) for the children of Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT), an NGO in Delhi. 15 children from 2 shelter homes run by SBT will visit NMNH every Sunday and will be taught by SWANS volunteers through the exhibits of the Museum and on lines of the integrated curriculum developed by The Museum School, Bhopal.
SWANS Delhi are also in talks with National Craft Museum, National Science Centre, Shankar's Doll Museum and National Rail Museum for collaboration in this project. SBT also plans to include more children from other shelter homes, as the approach has built in great enthusiasm and inclination towards education in the present group of children.
Under the project, SWANS volunteers take underprivileged children to various Museums and help in giving them conceptual understanding and practical knowledge of various subjects, through the exhibits and models at the Museums. This helps even the illiterate children get educated as it does not require them to have the ability to read or write.
Presently in a weekend mode (as most SWANS are working professionals), as more volunteers from Colleges join, The Museum School will run in a weekday mode as well for underprivileged children.

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The Collection camp for Goonj, the first initiative of the SWANS Delhi received a huge response from the residents of K-Block, Saket, Delhi. The camp was organized for the first time in Saket. By 11:00 AM, Nimish Raja (SWAN) and the Goonj team comprising of four people were ready with all the arrangement for the camp at the Central Park of K-Block Saket. Right from the start of the camp, people started coming with carry bags and bundles filled with clothes, utensils, books newspapers etc. Residents from H-Block, L-Block who were aware of the camp also contributed. 

Some contributors raised querries regarding distribution of material. Imraan, the Camp Co-ordinator answered the querries by telling them about the processing and distribution of the material. He said that the material that they receive is not normally in a useable condition, and is therefore first sorted and then processed, washed and repaired so as to make them useable. The Secretary of K-Block Residents Welfare Association Mr. A.K.Gupta, promised that such a collection camp can be organized twice a year in K-block and the Association can also provide a permanent collection center for Goonj. Some of the residents also made monetary contribution for the camp.

The SWANS volunteering for the camp proved to be a success as upon the closure of the camp the Collection Vehicle got fully packed with the material. With the success of this first initiative of the SWANS Delhi we wish for successful volunteering in our future endeavor also.