Rural education in India during and post CORONA/COVID-19

Today, we all are fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, it has costed us human lives, caused economic loss, loss of our freedom, motivation and much more. While every sector/industry is facing losses and challenges due to COVID-19, I am going to discuss about challenges and loss in educational sector especially rural education in this blog. And also open up a dialogue on how to address this challenges.

Currently, due to COVID-19, exams are postponed, schools, colleges, universities are closed. In the beginning they were closed without further notice but it was assumed it will be for short period of time. However, looking at the bleak future, where we do not know when will we get cure or vaccine, everybody has started finding solutions in terms continuing classes via digital medium i.e webinars/video conferencing etc.

One key factor to understand here is the above digital medium is being used by private,international and urban education institutes. But the rural schools, specifically govt rural schools are lagging way behind.

We already know rural govt schools lag behind in infrastructure e.g. but not limited to lack of digital infrastructure (computers, projectors etc)  poor teacher student ratio, low attendance, parents who are unaware of importance of education and lack of their efforts to help their children get educated, financially backward families, non availability of continuous electricity and so on. All this factors make it a teacher dependent education system in rural govt schools, now to replace that with digital platform due to COVID-19 is challenging. On top of it, even if we decide to implement digital/online learning , there is lack of computers, internet, personal mobiles/ devices to connect video calling, webinars etc.

Rural govt schools are currently closed due to summer holidays, ideally they should re open in June first week as per every years process. But this year due to COVID-19, there is no clarity. The situation may result in extension of lock down or even if not, we have still lost a lot of valuable time and this schools may have lost time to finish exams, curriculum, and covering that will take efforts and time.

To prepare for smooth transition of learning for rural children which got disturbed due to COVID-19, we need to push ourselves and think of solutions of making digital learning available to rural children. We have been doing just that in 50 rural schools already. However we realize we were able to provide only digital projector and few laptops. But if situation like COVID-19 persists or in future we have more such situations, we might need to provide individual devices to rural children . As this children belong to financially week families, they do not own personal devices neither have internet.

Thinksharp Foundation is going to extend their thoughts and welcomes views and support on tackling this issue under project StudyMall, StudyMall currently provides library and digital learning facilities. But we are working on extending this to have laptops, individual personal devices etc for uninterrupted learning, for serving rural population.

We want to extend our work to create a financially viable and user friendly option to provide equal digital learning tools for rural children.

We welcome educationists, parent, children, policymakers, fellow NGOs to contribute to pool of ideas and frame solutions to solve this issue . Together lets help rural govt schools and rural children learn uninterrupted during and post COVID-19 period.

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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26th StudyMall Launched at village Ambivali, Dist Raigad

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Independence day Celebrations at Balpan English School Village Panodi, Ahmednagar

On 15 Aug 2017 we celebrated our 70th Independence Day in India. We were also part of the celebrations at Balpan School, Village Panodi, Dist Ahmednagar.

We are very humbled and honored to had chance to celebrate this important day where our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad was invited to be chief Guest of Honor. I was very fortunate to join him too.

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Balpan english school in Panodi Village is set up Mr and Mrs Munde with a sole aim of providing quality education and English language syllabus for the village students. In villages it is really a daunting task for parent to send them children to schools located at Taluqa or District place for better and English medium education. This leads to financial implications for family, health implications for children due to travelling and decreased motivation to continue education.

Balpan English school in Panodi village has 165 students currently attending from all nearby villages. It has 8 classrooms and 8 teachers. The School runs for 1st to 5th std students. It still lacks library, digital projector and other such better educational infrastructure. Thinksharp Foundation is going to set up a Digital class under project StudyMall for this school which will provide them digital projector in the initial phase and will add more educational infrastructure over period of time as per need.

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On the occasion of the day various activities were performed by the talented students such as Parade walk, Lazhim, Speeches, Fancy dress as our respected Leaders and freedom fighters.

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Thinksharp Foundation team also distributed prizes to the best dressed and best speaker students. Our Founder Mr.Santosh was also the chief guest to honor the family members of Indian soldiers serving the country from the village.

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We thank you Balpan English School students, teachers for this honor and a memorable day.

You too can donate and support for students  of Balpan English school to read, learn and be better by providing them right educational infrastructure in there villages. Also your donations will help you as all our donations have tax benefit.

You can also donate on our website . http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Written by Dr.Shraddha Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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Wakas (Dist-Raigad)-Upcoming StudyMall project- Digital Class

Thinksharp Foundation team is helping 5 villages and approx more than 3000 rural children by providing  better rural educational infrastructure  through 5 StudyMall projects as of Aug 2017.

Our aim is to put one village one StudyMall throughout India. As we are progressing we are getting lot of inquiries to establish StudyMall from lot of villages . While we would love to help and set up StudyMall in each and every village that approaches us, however due to funds and operational challenges we prioritize villages.

Thinksharp foundation team has decided to help 10 villages in this financial year (preferably by Dec 2017). Out of this 10 villages one is Village Wakas which will have Digital class under StudyMall project.

Thinksharp Foundation team Shraddha and Santosh visited village Wakas  as a part of pre visit on 05 Aug 2017. We were very fortunate to have with us Mr.Paste sir who has been very helpful and supportive throughout our entire visit of villages in Raigad district.

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Wakas is a small village in Tq.Karjat, Dist Raigad with a total population of 937 people. The total number of school/college going students is apprx 55. Nearest railway station is Neral connected by Mumbai rail. There are 2 schools in the village, namely Anganwadi for children of age group 3 to 6 years and the Raigad Z.P.School Wakas.

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We visited Raigad Z.P.School Wakas which enrolls children from 1st to 7th std . The total number of students in school is 107 (54 boys and 53 girls).Total number of teachers is 06 . There are total 07 classrooms out of which only 2 are RCC. There is no library, digital projector, computer, solar lamps or extra curricular activity infrastructure for children. There is 24 hours electricity supply.

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This is tribal school and many of the students are from poor family background. When we talked to students and discussed with teachers, we realized  they have lot of potential to develop and grow provided they have access to better educational infrastructure.

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We were requested by parents, teachers and students to provide them with library, digital projector and any other beneficial educational infrastructure.

We are very excited to help this 107 students read and learn better. Our StudyMall project-Digital class  in this school will create an motivation and increase interest among the tribal students to attend school. Moreover it will also increase awareness among the parents on importance of education.

Please help us in providing them better rural educational infrastructure.

You too  can donate and support to help many other rural children learn, read and grow better. You will also gain from the donation as all our donations have tax benefits.

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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Providing right educational infrastructure to rural children

When our internet is not working we feel, “oh well, if it was working i would have completed my presentation for tomorrow”.  That  moment we realize that to function and give our best in our day to day life we really need to have  access to best infrastructure with us required to complete that job.

Rural children too have lot of potential and if provided with right educational infrastructure they can do so much to reach there full potential.

Thanks to our more than 50 regular individual donors and other anonymous, corporate, organisational donors who are doing exactly this  job “providing the right educational infrastructure at right time for rural children” by supporting StudyMall.

StudyMall is providing infrastructure like books, games, arts, crafts , digital learning , computer learning etc to more than 3000 rural children in five different villages of Maharashtra.

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While we have many anecdotes and stories to share with our supporters on how it helped each and every child, but to RESPECT YOUR TIME WE give brief on impact of STUDYMALL  BELOW.

At present we have  five StudyMall in five different villages of Maharashtra and the impact is summarized below-

  • StudyMall reached to more than 3000 children in five different villages.

  • Computer learning and benefits are known to more than 200 students.

  • Digital learning access to more than 1500 children through digital class in four different schools.

  • More than 25 teachers teaching in a demonstrative way by using digital class.

  • StudyMall is providing them chance to read non academic books, develop there essay,drawing,elocution etc skills. It is also helping them understand complex topics such as gravity and geometry with the help of audiovisuals from digital projector.

For detailed impact you can check our activity report http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/gallery/Activity%20Report%2016-17.pdf

You too  can donate and support to help many other rural children learn, read and grow better. You will also gain from the donation as all our donations have tax benefits.

Click the link for donating now- https://milaap.org/fundraisers/thinksharp

You can also donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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Donate –http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

 

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