Simran and Shreya, creators of The Sustainability Journey, collaborated with us last year for a fun (and education) filled event! Our students learned about sustainability and waste management, taught using some interactive online exercises. Their cause is one that the Pune Learns team wholeheartedly believes in, and we wanted our blog readers to get a glimpse of it. Read on for a primer on how to dive into sustainability!

Sustainability. A word that gets used extensively, over a wide range of subjects. In an environmental context, we’ve been taught that it means meeting our needs in a way that will…


As the end of the year is fast approaching, we wanted to share something different with our readers. This year has been unlike any other for us — we’ve all had to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, stay-at-home orders, and Pune Learns going virtual. We’ve been lucky enough to find some time for ourselves too, and decided that this was a good time to look back at the year and be thankful for the things we’ve had a chance to learn. Some devoted time to new hobbies, while others took risks that led to huge growth. …


Our latest collaboration is with a wonderful organisation called Saturday Art Class (SArC). Using art as a tool, they provide an alternate education to children from low-income communities. Our students have been benefiting from their classes for the last few weeks! Read on to hear from a SArC Team member about their origins, and learn about their COVID-19 recovery project, which led to our collaboration with them!

We find ourselves in a world which is more overwhelming, challenging and restricted than before. With the pandemic, physical health is on everyone’s minds, and mental health has been the inevitable casualty. Now…


Nishant Bidichandani has been a core team member of Pune Learns from the very beginning, and has made huge contributions for all our public speaking related initiatives. Most recently, he has spearheaded the Empowered Communication Program, aimed at adult students with an English proficiency somewhere between very basic and native fluency. Read on to get a glimpse of his experience crafting a program for adults making the transition into the professional world!

Our purpose at Pune Learns is fairly straight-forward: to teach the English language to any child looking to learn. We don’t seek perfection — in fact, we couldn’t…


Sanika Oke has been a volunteer at the Kothrud Community for 3 amazing years! She has a packed schedule outside Pune Learns, studying at Pune Institute of Computer Technology and working as an intern at an analytics company. Read on to find out how her love for English developed, and how she harnesses her experiences to be a good teacher for our students!

As a kid, I wasn’t much of an avid reader and my “love” for books didn’t go beyond reading classics like Harry Potter. My Mom would always encourage me to read but to no avail. I preferred…


The impact of COVID-19 on education systems across the globe is unprecedented. According to a United Nations report, it is likely that almost 24 million children will not return to school this year. The situation is especially grave in developing countries like India, where around 66% of children attend low-income schools.

Educators in low-income schools lack the expertise, and moreover, the resources to set up effective digital classrooms. Availability of a smartphone during school hours and stable internet connection are major challenges for most students. These factors contribute towards the creation of a learning gap. On reading an article by…


Shreya Chandrashekhar is one of our former volunteers from the Kothrud Community. She works as an engineer now, and has many cherished memories from her time with us. Read on to get a glimpse of the moments that make volunteer work such a rewarding experience!

I was a volunteer with the Kothrud branch, since shortly after its inception. I took away some really nice memories from my time here, and this seemed like a great opportunity to share some of those with all our readers.

One of the youngest kids was a 3 or 4 year old, full of energy…


We’re bringing you the next entry in our recommendations series with a breakdown of the TV Content we’ve enjoyed over the last few months! TV shows and documentaries have been a mainstay for all of us during the various quarantine orders this year, we hope you’ll read on and discover something new through our list of suggestions!

Beginning on a light-hearted note, a few of our team members turned to fictional series for their entertainment fix. …


Harshal Kelkar is one of our volunteers from the Kothrud community and has harnessed his love for visual media and technology to be a really effective teacher throughout our shift to online teaching. Read more about his approach below!

I moved to Pune in 2016 from Mumbai, for my engineering degree in Biotechnology. The four years I have spent in Pune changed my life. I remember my first engineering class during my first year. Coming from a different city, settling in, and then jumping straight into a “Campus” environment was quite a challenge. Though it took some time for me…


Mihil Ramaiya was one of our first volunteers, and is still with Pune Learns after all these years! He has volunteered for the Wanowrie and Kondhwa communities, and works as a software engineer at a start-up. Dig into his journey with Pune Learns!

I have always had the urge to do something for the community. My aim was never to transform it entirely, but maybe I had the potential to take baby steps that’d start making a difference. I was also always fond of kids. What intrigues me is the way they think and how the intelligence and depth of…

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