Overcoming Challenges During The Pandemic
THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER
Soon we realized that the fight against hunger should be our priority. We started to gather funds. We reached out to all our students’ families with Ration Kits sufficient to support their food needs for a month. We distributed ration again during the 2nd phase of nationwide lockdown.
“My mother runs a tea-stall and the only bread-winner in our familyas my father is no more. The months under lockdown were very hard. We did not have enough food and had cut down on our meals. Thankfully, my school helped my family during the tough times. We received ration enough to last a month during both the lockdowns. It was a blessing!” –Preeti Meena, Student of class XI
Muskaan’s mother was suffering from Covid when we approached the family with ration Kit. Muskaan, a student of class 5, lives with her 2 siblings, mother and father in a one room accommodation. Her father is a daily wager and was out of work for almost two months then. The family was barely managing their food needs, arranging for medical and hygiene supplies was a humongous task.We took cognizance of the situation and immediately reached out to the family with a Medical and hygiene kit and assured them of continued ration support. Ration kit was supplied to the family 3 times. With God’s grace, Muskaan mother recovered.
GIRLS MUST STUDY
20 days into the Pandemic lockdown, we started to find ways to continue educating the girls. The teachers promptly started working on lesson plans and worksheets that were then being shared with the students over Whatsapp. Books and stationery for the new academic session were distributed alongside the ration kits. However, many challenges erupted. Around 60- 80 students, had gone back to their native villages and we lost complete contact with them. Hardly 100 students out of the remaining 520 had access to a working smartphone.
Edu-GIRLS was determined to bridge this digital gap that our less-privileged girls were facing. To ensure that the education of girls is not hampered, byOctober2020, 410 Lenovo tablets were distributed to students from grade 1 to 12. The tablets were loaded with Diksha App covering the NCERT syllabus. Online classes beganvia Zoom and class tests and exams were conducted using google forms.Workshops were also conducted for the mothers of young students to acquaint them with the use of tablets.
Performance of the girls in the centralized State board examination proved that our efforts had paid off! The number of students who scored distinction increased by 55% in the year 2020-21 ascompared to that of 2019-20. The girls had outperformed the cumulative Board result.