Nurturing young minds amid COVID-19 pandemic

Thousands of students are battling this strenuous situation because they do not have proper access to the internet and technology such as  mobile phones or laptops to join online classes

It has now been more than four to five months since the global lockdown had started, which we first thought that it would not have this far impact on the country and worldwide, our society in a smaller aspect. The pandemic being the  greatest global crisis after World War II, has brought  cries and suffering and even loss of lives  to tens of thousands, leaving millions jobless and restless to fight the war against the pandemic. It might not have been such a serious predicament for the well to do families, but the poor people have been really striving  hard to get food on their table as many remain jobless and the supply of daily essential commodities gradually decreased. 

Education has been one of the worst hit sectors among others caused by the global lockdown. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the educational system worldwide. The pandemic  has significantly disrupted the higher education sector as well, which is a critical determinant of a country's economic future. In fact the economy of various countries has also been falling sharply,where our country is worth mentioning in such scenarios. The immediate or sharp  decrease or fall  in India's economy this year, is known to be the worst since after independence. Economic development, businesses, agricultural sector, educational system and many more have been out of control and the people are suffering. 

The Covid-19 has resulted in schools to shut all across the world. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e- learning. Almost all schools and colleges have to set forward with   online classes to surmount with the vast syllabus during this untamed pandemic. However, some students without reliable internet access and technology, struggle to participate in these online or digital learning. It is clear that this pandemic has utterly disrupted the education system mainly for the poorest of the poor section. 

Thousands of students are battling this strenuous situation because they do not have proper access to the internet and technology such as  mobile phones or laptops to join online classes. Thus, it has become a challenge for many students worldwide, mostly those residing in rural areas and countryside. Hence the need to carry on with classroom learning or  home learning has become a mandatory to keep the flow  of learning undisturbed and undisrupted. 

In view of the  present conditions and adversity  faced by students, Kholep Youth Club, a village youth body of Kholep village, Kangpokpi district, situated along National highway-02(also Asian highway-01) which is also known for being one such  way to ascend  the 2,547 metres high standing  Mt. Koubru, has taken up a  significant step amidst this pandemic to help students continue learning by bringing up an idea of 'A free and willing coaching'  under the theme 'Nurturing Young Minds' for all young and enthusiastic  learners.  Not less than fifty to sixty students are made to study, tutored  and taken care of by some learned youths of different educational qualifications. We are looking forward that such steps would bring a positive impact on the society during this hard time for students to continue learning from the comfort of their homes too despite the difficulties caused due to closure of schools.

(The views expressed are personal)

First Published:Sept. 22, 2020, 8:56 a.m.

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