‘Neighbour Katta’ allows Maharashtra hamlet children examine amid lockdown

Aurangabad, September 5

Amid the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, lecturers at a hamlet in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district have devised a technique of distance studying to make the native college kids examine the syllabus and do the homework by following social distancing.

Teachers of a Zilla Parishad-run main college in Dattawadi, a settlement of 165 individuals positioned close to the world- well-known Ajanta caves, have named this initiative as ‘Neighbour Katta’.

Katta in Marathi means a spot the place individuals meet and discuss informally.

Under the initiative, the lecturers ship the record of curricular workout routines on the cellphones of the scholars’ dad and mom. And the kids have to finish the given duties day by day in the course of the specified college hours by coming collectively in small teams by sustaining social distancing.

Each group contains kids of various courses residing within the neighborhood, in order that seniors can information the juniors.

The photographs of the finished homework are then despatched in a WhatasApp group to the lecturers, who accordingly ask the scholars to make corrections.

This exercise has been occurring since April this yr.

School headmaster Bapu Bawiskar stated, “There are only 19 students in our primary school. After the school was shut due to the lockdown, we decided to form this ‘Neighbour Katta’. Its implementation started on April 9”.

“We formed groups of around three children of different classes. We send a list of homework through SMS on the phones of their parents as most of them do not have smartphones,” he stated.

“We have also formed a WhatsApp group of some parents. We get the clicks of the homework done by students in that group. As a teacher, I check their work. Out of the four hours of school held daily this way, two-and-half hours are dedicated to the study part,” he stated.

The remainder of the varsity time is reserved for actions like leaping, operating, studying or making totally different sounds to make their examine thrilling, he stated.

“There is 100 per cent attendance,” he stated, including that they’ve accomplished round 75 per cent of the syllabus of the primary semester.

Block training officer of Aurangabad Zilla Parishad Vijay Dutonde stated, “This concept of online education has helped children in continuing their education by maintaining social distancing”.

Bawiskar claimed that the concept of ‘Neighbor Katta’ has discovered a spot within the 30 most inspiring concepts of change 2020 organised by the Design for Change (DFC) and United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF). PTI


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