The world is fighting with COVID-19 and the situation is getting worst day by day. In India, COVID-19 positive infected patients crossed more than a lakh. Due to this situation, India has started to be under a lockdown from 24th March and this lockdown is still going on today. It may extend for a long period of time, the future of this is uncertain. To prevent people from contracting this virus, a lockdown is one of the best ways for the 1.3 billion population of India. Through this lockdown only necessary things are open like grocery, medical, hospital, bank/ATM.
In India, from March to May is the months of exams in school, junior college, and degree college. Due to this pandemic most of the schools have announced that they will pass all the students and after this they will re-open school. In degree college, those who are in their final year, they must give their final exam after lockdown.
COVID-19 is affecting finance, poverty, health, and the education system. All the schools and colleges are closed, but teachers and professors are trying to teach via online classes. The Education system in India wants that, however students must learn from online classes in this lockdown.
If we are seeing these virtual classes from the student’s side, do they have proper internet connection? Especially all the young women Shadhika works with, are they getting time for their virtual classes? They are at home, so they must do lot of household chores in addition to their schoolwork. I am personally seeing in my neighbors and when we talk to our Shadhika scholars that they are facing more inequality, they don’t get time to use their mobile phone and because of lockdown, family members are getting hungry in every hour so young women have to work in the kitchen and become busy with household chores like cooking, washing utensil, dusting etc. If they get the chance for online classes, they will get disturbed with family members, because the lockdown is going on and everyone is at home, so it is difficult to attend any call or classes at home.
Shadhika scholars are participating in so many virtual classes because they do have internet, laptop and mobile. Yes, they are facing some challenges because their home is not big, but they have made schedule and trying to use time in a good way. We are appreciating all the scholars who are doing and managing all the assignment, classes, courses in this difficult time. One of our scholar Parvati from our grantee site Vacha, is attending so many virtual classes about financial quiz, mock Interview session, knowledge of COVID-19 and many more topics. Parvati got 28-30 E-Certificates. We are proud of her and the rest of the scholars who are managing time, utilizing on their skills, and learning and trying to make the best of this situation.
We do have eight scholars who are in their final year, their exams are postponed but they are learning and revising their subjects via virtual classes. Some of the scholar’s portion haven’t completed due to this lockdown so they are completing syllabus with teachers and focusing on what they are learning. It is so difficult to focus because now our daily time routine is different. Our sleep time, mealtime, and study time. When I talked to the scholars, they said they are facing some issues with feeling stressed about thoughts in their minds about the pandemic, future, money, and the responsibility. They say because it’s their final year they were thinking after their graduation they will be doing job and taking responsibility towards family, but everything has changed due to COVID-19 virus. Even they don’t know when it will finish, when they will give exam, when they will get a job. It is a very serious topic, but we feel so proud that they are giving their best in this time to learn more skills and preparing their self for future.
We are trying to connect more with our scholars, and we have planned for their virtual activities so they can learn with us and still feel connected to each other during this time.