Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school

by Ruchika Social Service Organisation
Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school
Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school
Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school
Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school
Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school
Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school
Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school
Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school

We are happy to present the 3000 Slum children to attend school project before the donor agency and all other well-wishers. This was the most difficult one and we had to take a lot of difficulties to cross this quarter of intervention due to unexpected outbreak of Corona pandemic in India.

Education is a powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. The long march for national development begins with the first step of every child across the school gate. Ruchika’s flagship Right to education programme promotes and catalysis universal education among underprivileged children, creates processes to mainstream these children in a sustained manner, strengthens their abilities to cope up with the formal education system, facilitates them to emerge as productive assets and sets the foundation for nation building.

Goal and Objectives of the Project:

The Programme Objective was to reach out to all the slum children of Bhubaneswar to increase academic proficiency and targeting a significant reduction of drop-out in the schools as well as ensuring Right to Education Act, in its true spirit in the target area. 

 Specifically, the programme focused on improving the lives of the marginalized slum children through a three-pronged approach:

  • Provision of Specialized Remedial Education to enhance academic proficiency. The approach identifies children with low proficiency and designs appropriate before or after school remedial support including competency building, counselingparents and children, family visits, etc.
  • Community mobilization to raise awareness on quality education and greater involvement of the parents and community at large in the education system
  • Specific activities with school authorities, district level authorities and the Education Department (Government of Odisha) to ensure quality of education as well as realization of maximum provisions of Right to Education Act 2009 (RTE).

The programme aimed at directly benefiting slum children through remedialeducation centres and school going children through activities implemented in slums and in neighbourhood schools.

Remedial Education during Covid-19 Pandemic:

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in all over the world. The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the country. This has brought far-reaching changes in all aspects of our lives. Social distancing and restrictive movement policies have significantly disturbed traditional educational practices. Now the Remedial Education program is continuing in offline. Remedial teachers are going to the centre and teaching the children by making small group. Parents and Basti Education committee members are being well guided by the teachers to manage the situation and talk about the corona virus with their children. Remedial teachers and cluster educators are working on the issues and reaching to remedial children. The objective is to enhance their academic proficiency at par with their peers in the school.

 

A Group effort to achieve the objective of Remedial Education:

 The teachers identified academic proficiency among the children getting ready to appear the annual evaluation and were helped strategically to overcome the academic difficulties.

Parents are the first and foremost teachers of every student. In case of their childrens education  now parents are supporting to their children in their studies. Our Basti Education Committee members and Balika Mondal members are also guided and taking follow up of the education. In the same way our BEC members are trained to look over the studies of our remedial children. The remedial teachers also visited the home and guided to children. The Cluster Educators were focused on the academic’s issues of the children. The low performers of children, late starters and no starters as well as slow learning capacities of children were given importance in the process.

Covid-19 pandemic impacted health, psychosocial well-being of children:

 The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had a profound impact on the health and psychosocial well-being of the children. Closure of schools prevented children from gaining access to learning and limited interaction with their peers. The pandemic also brought stress on parents to their capacity of providing care and engaging with their children.

Slum children are at risk of suffering from a range of child protection, exploitation, and health impacts, such as being forced into early marriage, begging, child labour,  and dropping out of school, as well as hunger, emotional, and psychosocial harm.At the time of this emergency Ruchika continues to help children and provides psychosocial support to children and families become better prepared to cope with emergencies.

Our efforts for slum children during the pandemic:

During this pandemic, Ruchika has continued the team effort to continue the education of children through e-learning. We worked with communities to identify the most marginalized, so we can help family and children survive and thrive. Our team has identified dropout children and all children living in the slum and facilitate their movement into schools through enrolment drives. Our team has provided psychosocial support to the children and their families become better prepared to cope with emergencies. At the same time, we have teach to slum children on proper handwashing, use of mask and maintaining social distance

Case  Study of a Slum Girl:

Slums are breading ground of all kinds of anti-socials and drugs. Children very easily fall pray in to trap of anti-socials if they are out of school. Bharatpur-III is a tribal populated slum of Bhubaneswarwhere people takeHandia  including their children. When parents go out for work the children are found all kind of abuse, exploitation and found engaged with anti-social elements. Bhabani is a 13 years old girl lives in same slum and was out of school because of lack of interest of her parents. As a result of which she was exposed to alcohol, sex and crime. During the enrolment drive, our remedial teacher identified to the child and informed to Ruchika education team. Immediately the team visited her home and took several counselling of the child as well as parents. Thereafter she enrolled her into the Gopabandhu UP School in age-appropriate class.She also enrolled her in remedial class and taking both remedial coaching and school classes in online. Now the child feels very happy and proud to go to the school.

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We are happy to present the project report of the project entitled “Give a Smile to 3000 Slum children to attend school” before the donor agency and all other well-wishers. This was the most difficult quarter and we had to take a lot of difficulties to cross this quarter of intervention due to unexpected outbreak of Corona pandemic in India. However, with all these odds, the pandemic has given us opportunities for stress regulation, research for alternative learning, online communication and many other ways of communication and social order.

 

Education is a fundamental right of all children in India. Primary Education in India suffers from many deficiencies. In order to impart quality education to these marginalized slum children Ruchika started its first initiative in the form of Platform school in the year 1985 in Bhubaneswar. In addition, Ruchika is running Remedial Education centre in slums of Bhubaneswar and providing remedial coaching to marginalized slum children to increase academic proficiency and to reduce dropout rate.

 

GOAL AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT:

The Programme Objective was to reach out to all the slum children of Bhubaneswar to increase academic proficiency and targeting a significant reduction of drop-out in the schools as well as ensuring Right to Education Act, in its true spirit in the target area. 

 

Specifically, the programme focused on improving the lives of the marginalized slum children through a three-pronged approach:

  • Provision of Specialized Remedial Education to enhance academic proficiency. The approach identifies children with low proficiency and designs appropriate before or after school remedial support including competency building, counseling parents and children, family visits, etc.
  • Community mobilization to raise awareness on quality education and greater involvement of the parents and community at large in the education system
  • Specific activities with school authorities, district level authorities and the Education Department (Government of Odisha) to ensure quality of education as well as realization of maximum provisions of Right to Education Act 2009 (RTE).

The programme aimed at directly benefiting slum children through remedial education centres and school going children through activities implemented in slums and in neighbourhood schools.

RUCHIKA’S INTERVENTION:

Ruchika intervenes in 65 most vulnerable slums of Bhubaneswar for last 10 years. The objective of the program is to bring a sustainable and right based change in the community by using Remedial Education as a platform. It targets children in the age group of 6 to 11 years with remedial coaching, 12 to 18 years of girls and boys with learning life skills including Reproductive Health Rights, Community with education and awareness on child rights and other human rights.

 

Changing the attitude of people and making them role models, making universal schooling a people’s movement and upgrading the academic skill and proficiencies of all children at par with the non-slum children studying in the school, training them to demand their rights, and creating a conducive environment in the slums to ensure all rights and putting all children into the safety net are some of the huge tasks the organization has planned in these slums. It needs time to educate and strengthen the care givers and duty bearers and to enable them to fulfil their obligations towards children. This urges the organization to continue intervention at least for two more years in the same slums. During the forthcoming two years, the organization plans to strategically focus on developing strength of the children as well as the community, care givers and duty bears to be the role models and protagonists of Child Rights activism.

PANDEMIC CREATES HURDLE TO REMEDIAL EDUCATION:

TheCovid-19 Pandemic has made all the educational schools across the world adapt teaching online. Social distancing and restrictive movement policies have disturbed traditional educational practices.  Now the Odisha Government relaxes the lockdown restrictions and everything is becoming normal, still the educational institutions and Schools have not reopened for children of class 1 to class 5. Therefore, Ruchika continues its e-learning classes by adopting OBS studio for making videos and uploading videos in you-tube.

 

Our Remedial teachers are now visiting to the community and guiding the children by maintaining social distance. As many of parents have no Smartphone, so it is required to take physical follow up of the children. This makes the children clear understanding on their study and easiest for evaluation of their study. Our Basti Education Committee and Balika Mandal members are also assisting the children in their study and at the same time giving health education to keep them healthier during this Pandemic. However, Ruchika is continuing the education for the children to enhance their academic proficiency.

 

SUPPORTING THE CONTINUATION OF E-LEARNING CLASSES DURING THE PANDEMIC:

 

The Covid-19 Pandemic affected all areas of life including education. The situation of Covid-19 challenged the education system across the world and forced to shift to an online mode of teaching. E-learning classes have played a vital role during this pandemic, helping schools and student learning during the closure of school. While adapting to the new changes, students are needs to be gauged and supported accordingly. During this pandemic our teachers and cluster educators have prepared videos and uploaded in you-tube. As it is new for all students as well as parents so all our Cluster educators and remedial teachers are taking follow-up of the class and conducting assessment to evaluate the academic progress.

 

Parents are the first and foremost teachers of every student. In case of online learning, now parents are supporting to their children in their studies. Our Basti Education Committee members and Balika Mandal members are also guiding and taking follow up of the classes. In the same way our BEC members are trained to look over the studies of our remedial children. The remedial teachers also visited the home and guided to children. The Cluster Educators were focused on the academic’s issues of the children. The low performers of children, late starters and no starters as well as slow learning capacities of children were given importance in the process. Those parents are having no Smartphone for e-learning we have connected them with BEC and Balika Mandal Members to continue their studies.

 

SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE COVID-19:

The prolonged lockdown, economic stress of the family and the loss of the school support system and routines can all result in psychosocial stress and mental health issues of children.The corona virus outbreak has caused major disruptions to daily life and children are feeling these changes deeply. While the return to school will be not only welcome but exciting for many students, others will be feeling anxious or frightened. The lockdown restricted children from stepping out of their homes. This was critical for their psychosocial wellbeing and development. Closure of School prevented children from access to learning skills and limited their interactions, Children are sometimes feeling confused and at loss with the current situation, leading to frustrations and anxiety. In the mean time, Ruchika provides psychosocial support to the children. Remedial teachers and all supervisory team visited the children and talked to them.They were educated on the measures to prevent transmission of Corona virus.

 

PARENTS COUNSELLING-

Parents counselling is one of most important part of this programme. Counselling helps the parents of children to examine their roles and they are made aware of the parent-child relationship. After lock down several domestic violence cases were found in the slum. As many parents lost their livelihood and there was no availability of jobs of the parents even when lock down was lifted, their financial conditions become worse. So the parents were provided with regular counselling and they were made aware of the changing economic condition of the country. We tried to give them hope that this problem will surely go away. They have to wait for some time and find some alternative jobs.  In addition parents are counselled for to take vaccine against covid-19.  

SITUATION OF CHILDREN DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

The World Health Organisation has declared the new Corona virus outbreak - COVID-19 as a global pandemic. It has urged upon all member-states to take urgent and aggressive action to contain the spread of the pandemic. Only a few times in the history of mankind have human beings as a race faced challenges beyond their comprehension. With advances in science, this phenomenon has become a rarity. The breadth and depth of such challenge is staggering in a country like India where hundreds of millions of citizens are destitute and countless millions live in packed urban areas (slums) with poor sanitation and weak public health system. 

The spread of the corona virus in slums was faster than in the non-slum areas Bhubaneswar itself is surrounded with 436 slums proliferated in shanty areas with a population of more than 4.5 lakhs of which over 1.5 lakhs are children. Overcrowding, lack of clean water, poor sanitation, social dependency, larger number of human contacts, low disease immunity of dwellers, besides poor medical facilities made for tremendous speed and size of virus transmission in these slums.

Poor quality of air in Bhubaneswar slums especially those spread across railway lines are a common cause for respiratory diseases that further reduces the respiratory tract’s ability to shut the corona virus down. The sudden imposition of lockdown in India and movement restrictions by the State Govt to stop the spread of the corona virus had thrown the lives of children. During these challenging times, our children were found disorganised because of the closer of schools and movements of restriction.  Normally the children are highly vulnerable and restricted in their home. On the other hand the poor parents were not able to go out for work and earn for their livelihood because of lockdown in the state.  

EFFORTS FOR SLUM CHILDREN DURING THE PANDEMIC:

Lifechanged suddenly for the whole world when COVID-19 arrived, and with it came the need for people to quarantine themselves in their homes. Children became immersed in a new reality which has had a huge impact on their lives. In the meantime, Ruchika has continued the team effort to continue the education of children through e-learning. Our team has provided psychosocial support to the children and their families become better prepared to cope with emergencies. We teach them on proper hand washing, use of mask and maintaining social distance. We share the concerns of parents and guardians that children must continue learning and should remain protected from exposure to covid-19. Teachers and supervisory team also have taken follow up support to parents and guardians in addressing the learning needs of children. We have also distributed ration kit to the neediest children during this pandemic.

STRENGTHENING ADOLESCENT GIRLS DURING THE PANDEMIC:

The Covid-19 Pandemic disturbs the normal life of the people all over World. There is always a fear of Covid infections and all are restricted in their home. This is more difficult for the slum people to keep themselves protected from the virus because of the overcrowding and inadequate access to safe water, sanitation and other infrastructure. In the meantime, Balika Mandal Members are playing vital roles to educate community in the context of Covid-19. They are trained and encouraged to meet the crisis as their participation is playing vital role. Balika Mandal members are educated children on wearing of mask and hand washing. At the same time they are educating community people to maintain social distance, get vaccination against covid-19 and follow all Covid-19 guidelines. 


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We are happy to present the 3000 Slum children to attend school project before the donor agency and all other well-wishers. This was the most difficult one and we had to take a lot of difficulties to cross this quarter of intervention due to unexpected outbreak of Corona pandemic in India in March 2020.

Education is a fundamental right of all children in India. Yet many children those who living in the slum do not have adequate access to government school. Primary Education in India suffers from many deficiencies. In order to impart quality education to these marginalized slum children Ruchika started its first initiative in the form of Platform school in the year 1985 in Bhubaneswar. In addition, Ruchika is running Remedial Education centre in slums of Bhubaneswar and providing remedial coaching to marginalized slum children.

Goal and Objectives of the Project:

The Programme Objective was to reach out to all the slum children of Bhubaneswar to increase academic proficiency and targeting a significant reduction of drop-out in the schools as well as ensuring Right to Education Act, in its true spirit in the target area. 

 

Specifically, the programme focused on improving the lives of the marginalized slum children through a three-pronged approach:

  • Provision of Specialized Remedial Education to enhance academic proficiency. The approach identifies children with low proficiency and designs appropriate before or after school remedial support including competency building, counselingparents and children, family visits, etc.
  • Community mobilization to raise awareness on quality education and greater involvement of the parents and community at large in the education system
  • Specific activities with school authorities, district level authorities and the Education Department (Government of Odisha) to ensure quality of education as well as realization of maximum provisions of Right to Education Act 2009 (RTE).

The programme aimed at directly benefiting slum children through remedialeducation centres and school going children through activities implemented in slums and in neighbourhood schools.

 

 

Ruchika’s Intervention:

Ruchika intervenes in 65 most vulnerable slums of Bhubaneswar for last 10 years. The objective of the program is to bring a sustainable and right based change in the community by using Remedial Education as a platform. It targets children in the age group of 6 to 11 years with remedial coaching, 12 to 18 years of girls and boys with learning life skills including Reproductive Health Rights, Community with education and awareness on child rights and other human rights.

Changing the attitude of people and making them role models, making universal schooling a people’s movement and upgrading the academic skill and proficiencies of all children at par with the non-slum children studying in the school, training them to demand their rights, and creating a conducive environment in the slums to ensure all rights and putting all children into the safety net are some of the huge tasks the organization has planned in these slums. It needs time to educate and strengthen the care givers and duty bearers and to enable them to fulfill their obligations towards children. This urges the organization to continue intervention at least for two more years in the same slums. During the forthcoming two years, the organization plans to strategically focus on developing strength of the children as well as the community, care givers and duty bears to be the role models and protagonists of Child Rights activism. 

Remedial Education during Covid-19 Pandemic:

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in all over the world. The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the country. This has brought far-reaching changes in all aspects of our lives. Social distancing and restrictive movement policies have significantly disturbed traditional educational practices. Attending online classes everyday has become the new normal for students during this lockdown. As schools are shut because of the lockdown to contain the spread of corona virus, online class have taken centre stage in student’s life now. During this pandemic situation our Remedial children are out of the classroom. It affects strongly the children of slums as they do not access e-learning facilities. A number of children do not access a smart phone for the purpose. However, with a well-built effort, we are able to reach out the remedial children living in the slums with e-learning processes.Everything is running online to ensure appropriate learning for their children and engage them in curricular activities. Parents and Basti Education committee members are being well guided by the teachers to manage the situation and talk about the corona virus with their children. Remedial teachers and cluster educators are working on the issues and reaching to remedial children. The objective is to enhance their academic proficiency at par with their peers in the school.All the cluster educators have prepared the lesson videos and uploaded in You-tube for better access to children as well as parents in all over Odisha. 

 

A Group effort to achieve the objective of e-learning:

 

E-learning classes have played a crucial role during this pandemic, helping schools and student learning during the closure of school. While adapting to the new changes, students are needs to be gauged and supported accordingly. During this pandemic our teachers and cluster educators have prepared videos and uploaded in You-tube. As it is new for all students as well as parents so all our Cluster educators and remedial teachers are taking follow-up of the class and conducting assessment to evaluate the academic progress. The teachers identified academic proficiency among the children getting ready to appear the annual evaluation and were helped strategically to overcome the academic difficulties.

Parents are the first and foremost teachers of every students. In case of online learning, now parents are supporting to their children in their studies. Our Basti Education Committee members and Balika Mondal members are also guided and taking follow up of the classes. In the same way our BEC members are trained to look over the studies of our remedial children. The remedial teachers also visited the home and guided to children. The Cluster Educators were focused on the academic’s issues of the children. The low performers of children, late starters and no starters as well as slow learning capacities of children were given importance in the process.Those parents are having no Smartphone for e-learning we have connected them with BEC and Balika Mandal Members to continue their studies.

 

Covid-19 pandemic impacted health, psychosocial well-being of children:

 

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had a profound impact on the health and psychosocial well-being of the children.Closure of schools prevented children from gaining access to learning and limited interaction with their peers. The pandemic also brought stress on parents to their capacity of providing care and engaging with their children.

Slum children are at risk of suffering from a range of child protection, exploitation, and health impacts, such as being forced into early marriage, begging, child labour,  and dropping out of school, as well as hunger, emotional, and psychosocial harm.At the time of this emergency Ruchika continues to help children and provides psychosocial support to children and families become better prepared to cope with emergencies.

Our efforts for slum children during the pandemic:

During this pandemic, Ruchika has continued the team effort to continue the education of children through e-learning. We worked with communities to identify the most marginalized, so we can help family and children survive and thrive. Our team has identified dropout children and all children living in the slum and facilitate their movement into schools through enrolment drives. Our team has provided psychosocial support to the children and their families become better prepared to cope with emergencies. At the same time, we have teach to slum children on proper handwashing, use of mask an maintaining social distance.


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We are happy to present the 3000 Slum children to attend school project before the donor agency and all other well-wishers. This was the most difficult one and we had to take a lot of difficulties to cross this quarter of intervention due to unexpected outbreak of Corona pandemic in India in March 2020.

Corona virus outbreak impacted Remedial education

The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the country. Attending online classes everyday has become the new normal for students during this lockdown. As schools are shut because of the lockdown to contain the spread of corona virus, online class have taken centre stage in student’s life now.During this pandemic situation our Remedial children are out of the classroom. It affects strongly the children of slums as they do not access e-learning facilities. A number of children do not access a smart phone for the purpose. However with a well-built effort, we are able to reach out the remedial children living in the slums with e-learning processes.Everything is running online to ensure appropriate learning for their children and engage them in curricular activities. Parents and Basti Education committee members are being well guided by the teachers to manage the situation and talk about the corona virus with their children. Remedial teachers and cluster educators are working on the issues and reaching to remedial children. The objective is to enhance their academic proficiency at par with their peers in the school. Now our cluster educators are making in every subject lesson videos and uploading videos in YouTube. This YouTube link is sharing to our slum children to continue their education.

 

 

 

 Online classes during COVID-19:-

The Corona Pandemic has resulted in the closure of schools across the country. Education has changed dramatically over the last 10 months, with a considerable rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is executed and on digital platforms. The situation has forced the schools to shut down and enforced students to stay at home. In the mean time children as well as parents feel emotionally and psychologically drained. The knowledge component is more natural to deliver in online mode. In view of the gravity of the situation, Ruchika started E-learning for remedial children soon after the lockdown was imposed. All the children were tried to be linked to the mobiles and a suitable timing was identified for each centre for e-learning. Supervisory team designed course contents in YouTube and sending the YouTube link to children and parents. The teachers also tried to do follow up to know whether all the students are studying or not. Online classes have been conducted by teachers to ensure smooth running of academic activities. We have conducted half yearly assessment for the children to continuous and comprehensive evaluation.

 

Activities with Govt School Teachers during COVID-19: -

The Covid-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education system all over world. Children’s are out of school due to school closure in response to COVID-19. The sudden closures of the schools have disrupted the flow of learning of the students and the existing method of imparting knowledge of the educational institutes across the world. Our Remedial teachers have been visiting Govt Schools to make good rapport with Govt school teachers. Simultaneously  they are discussing about the online classes and its evaluation through online. This mutual cooperation during COVID-19 have built good rapport with government school teachers. Remedial teachers have also guiding and counselling parents to continue the online education regularly.

 

Social distancing is being exercised through e-learning

Corona virus is a highly infectious caused severe acute respiratory syndrome. It mostly spread among individuals during close contact now resulting in millions of death. COVID-19 is referred as pandemic due to its severity and also as the greatest global health crisis.Amidst the regulations of social distancing and self isolation, the students if allowed to attend schools may not be able to exercise the safety precautions in an effective manner. It would be very touch to control the students from playing or touching each other which might make the situation of virus spread out of control. Online classes are providing the same quality of education in the comfort of their homes thereby helping in securing their future and also in controlling the virus spread.

 

Teaching children preventive measures from COVID-19

Corona virus infection is a global emergency. Over the few months there is a rapid increase in the number of cases and deaths due to Corona virus infection.  It is very important to minimizing this risk of infection for which we need to adopt appropriate prevention measuresas there is no specific treatment and immunization available to date to address this serious issue. It has been found that prevention is the best option for controlling the rapidly spreading infection of Corona virus.Children were trained and educated about the basic hygiene like hand wash, maintain social distance, stay at home and so on. We not only teach them what to do, we also teach them how to do it and explain the children why to do this.

 

 

Provision of Psycho-social support to Remedial Children

 

In the current context of lock down and restriction of movements, children have constrained access to socialization, play, and even physical contact, critical for their psychosocial wellbeing and development. School closures are preventing children from access to learning and limiting their interactions with peers. Children sometimes feel confused and at loss with the current situation, leading to frustration and anxiety, which increase with the overexposure to mass and social media, especially among adolescents. Some adults may struggle to find ways to explain and communicate with children about the current situation in a way that is understandable by this age group, which add frustration and disquietude.

A manual has been developed by Childline India Foundation to support CHILDLINE supporting children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The manual is activity-based and so minimal supervision or guidance is needed. There are activities for two age groups – age’s six to ten and 11 to 19.  By use of these activities we continue to support the children living in slums to ventilate their anxiety and stress. We have translated the Manual into Odia. Our Odia Translation Manual has been distributed to all Child Care institutions of Odisha by Child Line India Foundation and govt. of Odisha.

 

Community Sensitization during COVID-19 lockdown: -

COVID-19 continues to constitute a public health emergency in Odisha. So, with this emergency Ruchika trained Remedial teachers, BEC members and Adolescent groups to spread awareness in the community on use of mask, hand washing with proper procedure, maintain social distance, avoid touching nose and mouth, follow lockdown guidelines etc. Since the outbreak of the COVID -19 pandemic in Odisha, Ruchika have helped the communities to cope with the effects of the pandemic, sensitized community people as well as distributed Masks, Soaps, provided rations to the needy ones and teach hand wash procedure to remedial children. In this situation our BEC members and Balika Mandal members played an important role. They not only educated the community, they also prepared masks by themselves and distributed to the people in order to save them from the Corona virus infection.  

 

Empowering  Adolescent girls in the time of Covid-19:-

Balika Mandal Members are playing vital roles to educate community in the context of Covid-19. They are encouraged and trained to meet the crisis as their participation is playing vital role. Balika Mandal members are stitching masks and distributing to community people as well as to our remedial children. In the same time, they are educating to their community people on wearing of mask, proper handwash, maintain social distance, and follow all Covid-19 guidelines. 

 

 

Engagement of parents and BEC in e-learning

Covid-19 is an unfortunate situation that has upturned each sector around the globe. The education sector is the one that is facing the greast impact. Online education is a very important part of education. Parents are the first and foremost teachers of every students. In case of online learning, now parents are supporting to their children in their studies. In our remedial teaching teachers and supervisory staffs are uploading videos of learning sessions on You Tube which parents are watching and teaching their children accordingly. In the same way our BEC members are trained to lookover the studies of our remedial children. Those parents are having no Smartphone for e-learning we have connected them with BEC and Balika Mandal Members to continue their studies. This is a group effort to achieve the objective of e-learning.


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The disadvantages are disproportionate for under-privileged learners like slum children who tend to have fewer educational opportunities beyond school and they are first generation learners. When schools close, parents who are almost illiterate are often asked to facilitate the learning of children at home.  Hence it is expected that the prolonged lockdown will result serious implications over the slum children as enlisted below.

  1. Student drop-out rates tend to increase as an effect of school closures due to the challenge of ensuring all students return to school. Disadvantaged, children of single parents are more likely not to return to school after the closures are ended, and the effect will often be a life-long disadvantage from lost opportunities.
  2. The academic proficiency of slum children will drop down dramatically   as nobody is there in their family to academically support them during lockdown. Hence when schools open cannot adjust with their peers (non-slum children) having higher proficiency, thus may tends to drop out from the school.
  3. The parents will be compelled to focus on restoring their livelihood after lockdown and will further neglect the children’s education.
  4. The economic crisis of families due to a strong bang on livelihood due to prolonged lockdown may compel the slum parents to push their children into labour sector and permanently close their doors to school.

 

Hence it is imperative to immediately start an effective technology based solutions in the field of education to bring the slum children back to the proficiency level at par with their peers in the school along with a strong community mobilization initiative to prevent post lockdown dropout and to close the doorway for children to enter into labour force.


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