Kolhapur: Primary Teachers Brave Hurdles To Impart ‘Education At Doorstep’

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Kolhapur: Primary teachers in Anuskura village in Shahuwadi tehsil in Kolhapur district are visiting students’ homes under ‘Shikshan Aale Dari’ initiative meaning ‘education at doorstep’.

According to The Times Of India report, the teachers in Kolhapur district in Maharashtra are visiting students at the doorstep to keep education in continuation, regardless of heavy rain, no network or even electricity supply situation.

Started by a primary school teacher, Prakash Gatade, around one and a half months ago, the initiative aims at keeping school children from places like Wakicha Wada, Nhavyachi Wadi, Musalman Wadi, Kumbhyachi Wadi, Ayarewadi, Dabholkar Wadi and Anuskura updated with lessons.

“People in the village don’t use mobile phones as there is no network here. Online education is the need of the hour but how is it possible in a place where even 2G network is not available all the time?” asked Gatade.

Under the initiative, the primary school teachers travel to remote hamlets every alternate day to keep a check on the student. “After taking care of all the necessary precautions, like thermal screening and proper sanitisation, they teach for around 45 minutes and also assign homework,” Gatade added further.

Before initiating the programme, necessary permission was sought from the parents, teachers, gram panchayat, Corona Dakshata Samiti. Dashrat Ayare, the headmaster of Kendriya primary Schools in Anuskura said that the dropout rate among students is very high in the region. The lack of understanding of importance of education and poor financial conditions are to be blamed for. “Under the new initiative, teachers make batches of five to six students and impart lessons. One of the students is made the leader who has to assist and ensure every student in the group completes his/her studies,” he said, as quoted by the same publication.

Physical classes have become next to impossible at a time like this when the number of COVID cases is only on a rise. However, the parents of these students expressed their gratitude towards the teachers for defying all odds to ensure studies continue to happen.

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