Providing Primary Education
In March 2020, all schools in India were closed as part of Government of India measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. Hunar Ghar Primary School has been mandated by government officials for use as a quarantine centre.
There is much uncertainty about when schools will reopen. We anticipate that even when restrictions are lifted, there will be times when they will be reinstated to contain new outbreaks of the virus.
We are planning with our partner, RBKS, how we can adapt our primary education programme to continue to provide education to Hunar Ghar students when the school is closed and how we may need to adapt provision, even when the school is open.
A number of our Hunar Ghar team members are resident in the community, and some have been granted permission to carry out essential work as agreed with government officials and community leaders. This includes home visits to school students to provide learning materials, stationary and books, whilst also carrying out a student welfare check and even some teaching, in line with social distancing guidelines.
One challenge we face, is that most of our students do not have access to smartphones or other devices to benefit from digital learning opportunities. However, most households do own simple mobile phones. So, teachers are remaining connected remotely with students through regular phone calls.
We are closely monitoring the learning opportunities each student has access to, as well as responding to any additional needs their families may have at this time, including a need for food aid, soap, washable masks, detergent and phone credit.