There is no hiding from the fact that the whole world is in a state of shock after the novel coronavirus pandemic impacted lakhs of people’s lives. The speed with which corona is spreading seems unstoppable.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on education. Schools and higher educational institutions have been shut down in the country ever since the lockdown was imposed in March.
Rudra Rana, a teacher in the Koriya district of Chhattisgarh, is winning hearts on the internet for starting mohalla classes for children in the area. Speaking to news agency ANI, Rana said, “As students can’t go to schools, I’m bringing education to their doorstep. Many students don’t have access to online education, so this is helpful.”
Rudra Rana roams with a blackboard on his bike in the area in order to teach children who do not have access to the internet.
He talks about the reason behind the starting of this mohalla classes, he says that there are many children who can not afford online classes so he decided to teach these children who have not access to the internet. He keeps all the necessary things with him like Placards, books, stationery, and Blackboard. This method of teaching ensures the safety of both teachers and students as there is no direct contact. We know that due to COVID-19, students can’t go to schools so I am bringing education to their doorstep.
”I start our mohalla classes like a daily school routine. I ring the bell for students to come in class and we perform prayer and after it, we start our mohalla classes as per syllabus,” he said.
Rana said that he traveled from one place to another, gathering students, and educating them about coronavirus and their subjects. Even students showed interest and he received a lot of praise from locals for his innovative idea.
One of the students of mohalla classes Shilpa said, “We get to learn a lot from these classes. Sir comes here daily and teach us and also answer our doubts. We are enjoying this method of teaching.”
“Sir teaches us different concepts and later we study them on our own. We miss school but this concept is also nice as it feels just like we’re at school,” said Suraj, another student.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chhattisgarh government launched an online portal, ‘Padhai Tuhar Duar’, for school children to study at home during the lockdown.