It is our belief that good nutrition forms the basis of longer-term health and immunity in children. To ensure this we provide all our children wholesome meals, three times a day with seasonal fruit and a glass of milk in the evening. Our kitchen and dining facilities serve 1800 meals every day, feeding all students (and staff) but as the whole world is facing COVID-19 problems, we are also going through the same challenges, as the School continues to remain closed due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
In wake of COVID-19 Government of Uttarakhand shut schools on 13th March 2020. All students were sent home in an orderly manner well before the bigger lockdown commenced.
With the enforcement of the lockdown, schools all over the country started conducting online classes in the best manner possible. It took our efforts, which began on April 12, some time to gain traction as our children have virtually no access to computers and the internet at their homes. In order to facilitate remote teaching, our teachers took up the challenge of reaching the students with the help of mobile phones. Even though teachers encountered daunting challenges with this as well they and the students rose to the occasion and succeeded in carrying on the learning/teaching process remotely in the best possible way. A timetable for remote teaching was specially designed and lesson plans realigned. Learning was imparted using resources like videos, worksheets, virtual flowcharts, URLs, YouTube videos etc.
The lockdown helped elicit the hidden potential, talents and creativity of both our teachers and students. There has been a lot of reflection and experimentation by both, to devise such ways and means of learning/teaching processes that could leave an enduring impression on our students.
Distance does not prevent us from tracking the wellbeing of our students and their families and helping them in their times of need above and beyond the normal. This, after all, is our ethos as a family-centred and community-based institution and in line with our motto, “Life is for Giving”.
In our own small way, we undertook COVID-19 relief for the families of our needy children. Supported by some generous donors, our staff identified thirty-one families of such students in our neighbouring villages, bought and packed ration kits, and delivered them to each home. Most of these families get their income from daily wages, so their need is likely to continue for some time. We are committed to maintaining our relief efforts for this duration.
Project "Pattal Dawat"
Thanks to your generous support, we have been able to made partitioned food plates available to all our students. The children were really excited to eat in these plates with spoons. We are hoping that over a period of time our students will also inculcate good table manners.
The project is now complete. We welcome you to join us to share a bite with our students in these plates once COVID-19 eases and the School reopens!