5th grade studying from home with given worksheets
The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has impacted some more than others. With the global pandemic hitting India, our community people have been affected in more than innumerable ways. The government has advised the people to observe social distancing which means most of the crowded areas like markets and other business areas have had to shut operations. Since most of the Waghri and Sikhligars community livelihoods depend on selling clothes and selling utensils or vegetables within these markets, their financial status has taken a severe hit. Schools of children have shut down indefinitely to avoid the spread of infection among the children. As this measure has been implemented just before the exam term of the year, this has put a sudden halt to the children’s education. To follow safety measures, Ashraya has also temporarily suspended classes at the education center. The health center however, remains open to tackle any suspected cases and distributing medicines. Subsequently, this had put the teachers in a dilemma as to how to make sure there is no gap in learning outcomes till this situation passes. Hence, Ashraya decided that the teachers will come up with a plan to ensure that the children do not get a lag from their studies.
To effectively tackle this, the teachers have made English and Math worksheets or downloaded online resources and distributed them to their class children. Additionally, they gave them daily targets and instructions on how to work on those sheets. Teach a Class, a non-profit organization, who is partnering with Ashraya, has also provided online learning tools and a platform where all the teachers have uploaded resources to share them with the others and avoid repetition of work. To follow up with this the teachers called all the parents and asked them to ensure that the children are studying every day. Amazingly the parents have also been sharing updates regarding the children along with photos of them attempting the worksheets. The older student interns in the community have volunteered to coach the children who are staying near their homes and also check up on them time to time. In some cases the children themselves are sending verbal updates with the teachers every day on their academic progress. Needless to say the teachers and the community are both working hard to uphold the children’s education in a seamless process. Some of the parents are trying their best to engage the children in extra curriculars like cooking and art.
Apart from this Ashraya has been taking care of the communities health and nutrition needs to the best of its capabilities. Breakfast and lunch is being delivered to the in-need houses whose livelihoods have been adversely affected due to social distancing. We are trying to monitor the health situation by the community to its best effect. In the near future we are attempting to do teacher trainings virtually and make video lessons to engage the children. We are trying to engage volunteers who can work from home for this reason by the coming week. In these trying times Ashraya focusses on reaching out to the most vulnerable amongst us and providing them with the best resources available, to ensure normalcy.
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