My school. Somewhere in Gurgaon.

A humble start from Soni Memorial Trust

"This is Rajiv Soni from Gurgaon. A prominent Chartered Accountant and a teacher. Now he is busy imparting free primary and secondary education to underprivileged children. In the outdoors." Aditya Raj Kapoor

1999 Jaunapur village project

1st initiative Dec 2020 Gurgaon  3 kids
This being the first initiative I personally took charge in teaching alphabets, numbers, shapes and colors; Reciting simple poems in Hindi, English, days of the week, months of the year, Drawing with crayons/ pencils; Writing names of vegetables, fruits, colors, animals...
Also organised sessions with Special Guests: Leading Dentist to discuss oral health, Special Arts & Craft teachers, Musician from Mumbai After 9 months of learning, the three are admitted into Class 1 and 2 in a regular school in DLF Ph 3, Gurgaon  

  • Day 93. In regular school, 19th Feb. 22 First three 'bacchhas' now in regular school..
    since Sept 2021 and look at the goodness n
    magnanimity of lil girl Mansi who wants to
    donate books we got her to those less
    fortunate than her.
  • Day 92. Attending tuition, 7th Feb. 22 Schools are shut, but our students Mansi,
    Deepak, Vikas attend tuition every day so
    that there are no major gaps in learning.
  • Day 91. School Day, 28th Sep. 21 In less than a year of home schooling,
    my 3 bacchhas are off to regular school.
  • Day 90. Go to school, 20th Sep. 21 Will seek participation for total costs-
    once all is ready. Thank you all.
  • Day 86. Revision, 30th Aug. 21 Test postponed to 3rd Sept. Yaaay!
    We get 3 more days to prepare, revise.
  • Day 85. Happy Kids, 29th Aug. 21 No tension, no stress.
    In fact, I'm extremely nervous as 31st Aug.
  • Day 84. Test preparation, 26th Aug. 21 Preparing for the Test at end of the month.
  • Day 83. Preparing, 25th Aug. 21 Preparing for the Test at end of the month.
  • Day 82. Homework, 23rd Aug. 21 Homework as Classwork...and then
    again Homework! Not fair, is it!!!
  • Day 81. Daily classes, 20th Aug. 21 Daily classes these days...preparing for the
    Test at end of the month.
  • Day 80. Lots of Homework, 19th Aug. 21 Table of 2, Opposites, Colors.
    Lots of Homework.
  • Day 79. Preparation, 18th Aug. 21 Preparation ongoing...colors, numbers,
    opposites and more....
  • Day 78. Fix in Memory, 17th Aug. 21 Learn, Repeat, Fix in Memory = Useful for moving to the next step
  • Day 77. Back to work!, 16th Aug. 21 After a bit of a break, we get back to work!
  • 75th Independence day, 15th Aug. 21 More truthful, hardworking, corrupt-free,
    socially equitable and patriotic nation...
  • Day 76. Checking work, 13th Aug. 21 Start with checking homework. Then shapes, days of the week, and a bit of Math.
  • Day 75. Mass Bunking ??, 12th Aug. 21 Mass Bunking ??
    Nevertheless, class must go on!
  • Day 74. We keep moving, 11th Aug. 21 We keep moving...gotta crack the entrance test end Aug.
  • Day 73. Shapes, Dates.., 10th Aug. 21 Dates..Learning for the first time. Have to step up the hard work till 31 Aug.
  • Day 72. Tablet, Internet, 9th Aug. 21 Tablet, Internet driven. Now we can do an
    online class in the evening too.
  • Day 71. English, Hindi, Math, 7th Aug. 21 English, Hindi, Math. Chugging along....
  • Day 70. Entrance Test, 6th Aug. 21 Teaching as per Syllabus for Entrance Test at August end
  • Day 69. Need to be enrolled, 5th Aug. 21 The 5 children of a poor farmer. Now need to be enrolled into formalized schooling.
  • Day 65. Serious study, 22nd Jul. 21 Today's class. Serious study.
    Educator: Monisha Sharma
  • Day 64. Today's class, 16th Jul. 21 Today's class taken by Monisha Sharma.
    We're getting back into the routine
  • Day 63. 'My School' reopens 14th Jul. 21 Ok folks...'My School' reopens. Thank you Monisha Sharma for joining in!
  • Day 62. Home work. today, 15th Apr. 21 We started with sentences. I am (doing). Walking, Running, Sitting etc.
  • Day 61. Etiquette, 15th Apr. 21 The three most powerful words.....
  • Day 60. A hot day, 13th Apr. 21 Ye humari class hai, ye hum hain...aur yahan padhai ho rahi hai.
  • Day 59. A bit diff. today, 9th Apr. 21 We started with sentences. I am (doing). Walking, Running, Sitting etc.
  • Day 58. expressing gratitude, 7th Apr. 21 Goodies, masks come in for the kids. I think they're hangin in there, learning with enthusiasm.
  • Day 57. A hot day, 5th Apr. 21 But we must study! We have to. The long
    desolate path on the way back.
  • Day 56. motivational clip, 2nd Apr. 21 A short 5 minute motivational clip at the beginning of each class. Then study.
  • Day 55. Days of the week, 30th Mar. 21 Then we move to Days of the week, Months in the year, 15 animals.
  • Day 54. Homework concept, 28rd Mar. 21 Today we start with months in the year.
    We also start with the concept of Homework.
  • Day 53. Upcycle/Recycle Art, 26th Mar. 21 Upcycle/Recycle Art....making kids learn. My motive is to teach them about colors, art, n environment.
  • Day 52. On our way, 26th Mar. 21 On our way, slowly but surely. Prodding on.
    One class at a time.
  • Day 51. Move on to Months, 23rd Mar. 21 Move on to Months of the year. Pronunciation
    is a huge issue.
  • Day 50. A milestone for me, 19th Mar. 21 For your continued encouragement, support
    and blessings!
  • Day 49. class on Alphabets, 17th Mar. 21 After the usual class on Alphabets,..yea we're
    still not 100% there...
  • Day 48. Alphabets day, 15th Mar. 21 Davinder Kaur of Trash2Table (and of Lets Walk Gurgaon fame).
  • Day 47. Change of strategy, 12th Mar. 21 Segregated kids, made them sit with my assistants to write alphabet from memory.
  • Day 46. Pronunciation day, 10th Mar. 21 Trying times...months of the year. But I'm not giving up so easily!
  • Day 45. Days of the week!, 8th Mar. 21 We are progressing, slowly but surely. Thank u everyone 4 your support and encouragement.
  • Day 44. Alphabets, Spellings, 5th Mar. 21 Days of the week. Then, Fun Time, thanks to
    Ravi Sharan, my dear college mate!.
  • Day 43. English to Math, 3rd Mar. 21 Thank you Shantanu Kaul for the Mobile Screen enlarger, and Wireless speaker.
  • Day 42. routine home work, 1st Mar. 21 Education supplies sent by friends, well
    wishers & supporters being put to good use.
  • Day 41. adding numbers, 26th Feb. 21 Joined by my student, CA Finalist Shruti Malik who then takes on the teaching all.
  • Day 40. English to Math, 24th Feb. 21 Kids have gone to the village for few days. But the show must go on, even with one student!
  • Day 39. routine home work, 23rd Feb. 21 Learning outcomes improve.And that is very reassuring.
  • Day 38. adding numbers, 17th Feb. 21 My lil ones said, "Lets make our own videos"
    And I said, "Ok, guys...lets go for it!"
  • Day 37. English to Math, 15th Feb. 21 Using a different approach to teaching the alphabets. Study, Revise, Test.
  • Day 36. routine home work, 12th Feb. 21 Balaji Singh, good friend n excellent photographer, captures the many moods..
  • Day 35. adding numbers, 10th Feb. 21 Bright sunny day, and we have visitors.
  • Day 34. First lets study, 8th Feb. 21 Then we play favorites with the teacher, posing. Don't miss the body language!
  • Day 33. routine home work, 6th Feb. 21 Thank you both so much...for your time and for the books you brought for them.
  • Day 32. adding numbers, 5th Feb. 21 Bright sunny day, and we have visitors.
  • Day 30. English to Math, 28th Jan. 21 Back to routine of English and Math. And children are learning alphabet. And now some increased homework.
  • Day 30. routine home work, 28th Jan. 21 1 hour of study in the morning. Children are learning addition and do home work.
  • Day 30. adding numbers, 28th Jan. 21 One white board and addition some values and children are doing its own.
  • Day 29. alphabets learning, 27th Jan. 21 The girls are quick. Boys, in right earnest, have to keep up with the girls.
  • Day 29. colorful alphabets, 27th Jan. 21 Children are enjoying and learning English using colorful alphabets.
  • Day 29. Alphabets day 27th Jan. 21 Tryst with the alphabets continues. They must, MUST, get totally proficient here first, before we move ahead.
  • Day 28. Celebrating Republic Day The girls are quick. Boys, in right earnest, have to keep up with the girls.
  • Day 28. National Anthem, 26th Jan. 21 Children are enjoying and learning English using colorful alphabets.
  • Day 28. National Flag, 26th Jan. 21 Tryst with the alphabets continues. They must, MUST, get totally proficient here first, before we move ahead.
  • Day 27. Song videos, 23rd Jan. 21 My cousin Akshat Pande here from Mumbai
    spent time with the children
  • Day 26. A cold day, 22nd Jan. 21 But look at the dedication, smart turn out, and keen interest.
  • Day 25. Fun Times, 20th Jan. 21 A 10 yr old screen enlarger, mobile ph and Internet...and were good to go!
  • Day 24. We get smarter, 18th Jan. 21 Uniforms (two sets) for all provided by Mr Lalit Dumra
  • Day 23. Nursery rhymes, 15th Jan. 21 End of the week, it's Friday. Also reciting alphabet and numbers
  • Day 22. Cold day, 13th Jan. 21 But class is on time. we have Lohri Greetings...and Yaay
  • Day 21. Alphabets right, 11th Jan. 21 Write again, and again. From the beginning,
    from the middle, last few...
  • Day 20. White boards, 8th Jan. 21 Thank you Suks Thomas for these wonderful white boards.
  • Day 18. Winter morning, 7th Jan. 21 With good samaritan Atul Kapur handing out woolen caps, sweaters, socks.
  • Day 17. New Classroom, 4th Jan. 21 The new classroom (if its overcast, windy). All those who want to teach here, put your hands up!
  • Day 16. Class on, 1st Jan. 21 Thank you Namrata Singh for the learning material you've sent all the way from London.
  • Day 15. Happy New Year, 30th Dec. 20 Especially a big thank you: Mrs Sunita Khanna, Aditya Raj Kapoor, Respected Mrs Louise Khurshid.
  • Day 14. The two books, 28th Dec. 20 "Thank you Mrs Pooja Sabharwal" is what the kids have to say for the two books- alphabets and numbers.
  • Day 13. Story telling, 27th Dec. 20 Story telling on Sundays. Brilliant suggestion by respected Dr. Vanishree Pathak.
  • Day 12. Merry Christmas, 25th Dec. 20 Thank you, Mrs Louise Khurshid and Mr Salman Khurshid. And, Merry Christmas!
  • Day 11. Study today, 23rd Dec. 20 "Thank you Mrs Pooja Sabharwal" is what the kids have to say for the two books- alphabets and numbers.
  • Day 10. Alphabet,Numbers, 21st Dec. 20 Alphabet, Numbers books all the way from USA. Thank you Lillian Kumar.
  • Day 9. Extra Curricular, 20th Dec. 20 Starting with oral hygiene, thanks to respected Dr. Vanishree Pathak and her wonderful daughters.
  • Day 8. Open Air Class, 18th Dec. 20 Then we thank DPS alumnus Rajoo Goutam in England...for sending such wonderful bright red colored school bags.
  • Day 7. The gifts, 16th Dec. 20 Thank you Aditya Raj Kapoor for the gifts of stationary for the kids. It's cold today...but class is in full steam.
  • Day 6. Extra Curricular, 14th Dec. 20 Normal studying: A-Z and numbers upto 500.
    Am extremely grateful to you all.
  • Day 5. Happy Day, 13th Dec. 20 No study, no homework checking. Yaay! Today, Story telling day.
  • Day 4. Focus, 11th Dec. 20 Where would you find such focus and eagerness?.
  • Day 3. Their gratitude, 9th Dec. 20 Mrs Sunita Khanna retd teacher from DPS has been kind enough to give copies, pens, crayons...
  • Day 2. Patience, Mr Soni, 8th Dec. 20 You may be teaching Accounts to CA finalists, or Employable Skills to young adults for last 25 yrs...
  • Day 2. 20% increase, 7th Dec. 20 Where would you find such focus and eagerness?.
  • Day 1. My School, 4th Dec. 20 My school. Somewhere in Gurgaon. First day. 4 students.