Band of government teachers reaches out to locked down village kids via WhatsApp


By: PTI | New Delhi |

Published: April 23, 2020 8:54:52 pm

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Six government teachers in Bakshi-ka-Talab on the outskirts of the Lucknow metropolis have come collectively to attain out to rural youngsters by means of WhatsApp, holding them engaged at a time when colleges are shut due to the lockdown.

“Instead of sitting at home, we thought of doing something for our students who are from rural and poor backgrounds,” mentioned Anurang Singh Rathore, who is an element of this group of main faculty teachers.

Bakshi-Ka-Talab is an administrative block with 303 government main colleges, most of them up to class 5 solely. Altogether, 22,000 youngsters are enrolled in them.

Nandini, additionally half of the group, mentioned the teachers have been initially not sure about how to go about contacting the scholars. “Then we started searching the school records for names of parents who have mobiles and tried to find out if they are on WhatsApp,” the trainer mentioned.

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“We started getting success after three weeks of our attempts and the number of children in our network is growing,” she mentioned. The six teachers recognized 500 youngsters throughout 60 villages within the block with somebody within the household with a cell phone.

The dad and mom with telephones have been contacted, and requested to get their kids concerned in studying by means of WhatsApp.

The teachers have begun forwarding quick movies, photos and textual content by means of WhatsApp. Like the one with a recitation of the English alphabet and one other on washing fingers to beat coronavirus.

“We succeeded in our efforts and the students are giving tremendous feedback”, Rathore instructed PTI. The teachers cite the Earth Day portray completion on Wednesday for instance. “Over 400 kids from 55 villages sent their drawings on WhatsApp,” mentioned group members Priti Singh.

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“The drawings were stunning and reflected the creativity among the children, who drew on the impact of coronavirus, social distancing, use of sanitisers, etc,” she mentioned.

The kids will get their prizes as soon as the faculties open, she mentioned. Another trainer, Santosh Mishra DC, mentioned the notion about state-run colleges ought to change.

“Since the government primary schools are infamous for teachers not taking classes and for their poor resources, we wanted to do something at this point when everyone is locked down inside their home,” he mentioned.

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Block Education Officer Satish Kumar Tripathi mentioned the community of teachers in his space has adopted a novel methodology to ship leisure with a message to youngsters.

“We will be adding more children in the network in the days to come. Presently those connected are asked to share the content with their brothers and sisters and tell them what they have learnt,” he mentioned.

Schools and different academic establishments have been ordered shut in lots of elements of the nation even earlier than the Centre introduced a nationwide lockdown to comprise the unfold of coronavirus.

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