Field staff House visit
Residential Study Complex which is being run by ASSIST at Piduguralla of Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh has 100 children belonging to the age group of 5-14 years studying from 1st standard to 5th standard. All these children belong to Backward Caste, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities. Since all the families of the children are Below Poverty Line (BPL), they cannot effort to send their children to schools. Instead of sending them to schools, children are being sent to Lime Kilns to work as child labourers by their parents such that they can support their families financially.
ASSIST's field staff has generated awareness among the parents of these children regarding the importance of education, As a result parents of these children have been convinced and agreed to send their children to Residential Study Complex which is being run by ASSIST. In this Residential Study Complex, children are not only given education but also they are being provided school uniform, meals, teaching, learning material, playing material, books, pens, School Bags etc. It is purely a residential system and children are not allowed to go outside. Proper security measures have been taken care at the Residential Study Complex.
All infrastructure facilities have been provided in this Residential Study Complex. It is quite safe and secure. After completing 5th standard in this centre, children are mainstreamed to nearby High schools and necessary follow-up is being done after enrolling them in High schools as well. All together 100 children are studying at Residential Study Complex of Piduguralla which is being run by ASSIST. I am submitting this as additional information.
Some modeling studies suggest that school re-opening might have a small effect on wider transmission in the community, but this is not well understood. Further studies are underway on the role of children in transmission in and outside of educational settings.
As per the information revealed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Andhra Pradesh was one of the very few states to reopen schools on shift basis in alternative days for class IX and X post the COVID-19 outbreak. Teachers and students in schools had been tested. Teachers who were tested some are turned positive. Similarly, students who are tested less number are turned positive. In this complexity and uncertainty in the state, in our area educational institutions are not came forward to face the further consequences.
However, the small number of outbreaks reported among teaching and associated staff in our operational area. These kinds of news and situations have had an impact on the parents of children growing up in our schools. In this context, our field staffs has been conducting house visits of our students and educate the parents of the pupils on Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) issued by the Government through distributing the brochures in community.
Field staff House visit.
Distribution of Brochures on covid-19.
Student showing Corona Brochure