Education  India Project #27902

Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India

by Kusala Projects Inc.
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Happy to be back
Happy to be back

All educational institutions in Bihar were closed in mid-March due to Covid-19. We were hopeful at different times in May, June, July, August & September that Elsa Primary School would reopen. Finally, the school was given permission to operate again on 15th October!

Our students are very happy to be back after missing so much school time. Covid-19 cases have reduced significantly in Bodhgaya, but as anywhere, there is always the possibility of new outbreaks. Protocols such as cleaning of surfaces, social distancing, mask wearing & regular hand washing are maintained at Elsa Primary School to ensure the safety of students & staff. Government officials may randomly visit the school to check that these measures are being followed correctly.

This week, students received their new uniforms and sweaters - just in time for the start of winter.

Social Distancing
Social Distancing
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Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, all schools and colleges in Bihar were closed on 15th March. Initially, there was a nation wide lockdown for six weeks. After that, there was a series of rolling lockdowns with restrictions easing to some extent in June. However, in July after  further Covid-19 cases  in Bihar, lockdown was re-imposed in the state from 16th to 31st July. 

In the meantime, our students have been missing their beloved school. To facilitate ongoing learning at home, study materials and text books for the new academic year (beginning 1st April) were distributed to the students. One of our teachers resides in the same village as the students, so she has been able to give truncated lessons & assign homework to them. The included photos are of students visiting the school in 'civvies' to collect their new text books.

We are hopeful that Elsa Primary School will re-open on 15th August.

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Elsa Primary School just celebrated its ten year anniversary!

The school was opened in 2010 in Harijan Colony, Bodhgaya and since then has expanded in various ways, for example, numbers of students and teachers have increased. For some time, students of various grades were taught in one large class room. However, at the beginning of 2019, the school was invited by parents to move to the village of Karmoni where they provided a larger building with three class rooms, a general area, office, kitchen & toilet. Also, in 2019, the students received school uniforms for the first time. The school provides daily nutrition comprising bread, eggs & milk. This supplements the students' home diet and is much appreciated.

It is a joy to visit Elsa Primary School. The students are so happy - they love learning and they have deep respect their teachers. May the school thrive for many years to come!

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The Holi festival is sometimes called the 'festival of love', a time for meeting others, to play & laugh, and to forget & forgive. It is a joyful and colourful occasion as It is celebrated with the playful throwing of natural colours made from traditional herbs. At Elsa Primary School, both students & teachers joined in the spirit of the day.

The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter. It also celebrates the beginning of a good spring harvest season. Officially, it lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Full Moon day in March. But in practice, the throwing of colour can continue for days.

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Maths solving
Maths solving

Recently, I and Michele Schmalvogl visited Elsa Primary School. It was lovely meeting with the students who were very polite and respectful. 

We conducted an impromptu maths class, writing problems on the whiteboad, with the students coming forward, one by one, to solve them. It was fascinating to see how the students worked with fractions – very different to the usual Western methods.

Whilst lessons were taking place, some of the older students prepared a meal for everyone. We supplemented this with sweets and fruit juice which the students much appreciated.

All in all, our visit was very enjoyable. It was wonderful to see how happy these children are studying at Elsa  Primary School!

Distributing sweets
Distributing sweets
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