Dumka, Jharkhand: Overcoming the digital barrier as most of the students had no smartphone access to take online classes, teachers of this tribal-dominated village in Dumka, Jharkhand have brought the classroom to students door steps.
They created blackboards on the walls of houses each students to teach them and on which students solve assignments given by teachers through loudspeakers while maintaining social distancing in the view of coronavirus.
“Education has been impacted due to COVID-19. Students here did not have smartphones. We started ‘Shiksha Aapke Dwaar’ (education at your doorstep) so that children don’t miss out on education. More than 100 blackboards have been created on walls to teach students at their houses,” ANI reported from a teacher.
Rajeshwar B, Dumka Deputy Commissioner praised the initiative and said she will motivate other teachers to undertake this method.
According to Parvati, a student of class 6 they were studying in their village since their schools were shut amid Covid.
“Our schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are studying in our village itself. Our teachers explain concepts to us that we don’t understand and dispel our doubts,” She said.
Educational institutions are closed from the first countrywide Covid-forced lockdown was announced in March. In the Unlock 4 guidelines, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the containment zones only, on a voluntary basis to take guidance from their teacher with written consent of their parents.