The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a severe learning crisis amongst young children. 85% of rural households do not have access to reliable digital infrastructure necessary for online learning. Due to a lack of academic support, extensive learning losses in language and literacy is predicted amongst students. With the crisis predicted to continue into the next few months in India, schools are likely to remain shut for an extended period, thus resenting an immediate need to re-imagine education.
The initiative "Har Ghar School" meaning 'a school in every home' has ensured that every child builds strong foundational literacy skills by facilitating constant student-teacher interactions and parent-teacher interactions to engage in literacy development during the COVID-19 pandemic.The solution has the following objectives -
Community Volunteer Naresh
The COVID-19 pandemic has been threatening to reverse hard-won gains made in education. But we are extremely grateful and proud of our community volunteers who are now providing door-to-door support to children. Naresh, a volunteer from Uchana, Jind district in Haryana has been helping children learn safely at home!
"It's heartwarming to see marginalized families actively involved in children’s learning,” says Naresh. “It’s a practice that I hope continues even after schools reopen. It is crucial for children’s overall development to have a supportive learning environment at home."
Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, individuals around the world have shown their compassion and dedication to ensure that children continue learning during school closure duration. One of those individuals is Rohit, a 19-year-old boy who lives in the Tohana, a block located in district Fatehabad, Haryana.
“I wanted every child in my community to keep studying,” says Rohit. Since the children couldn’t go to class, Rohit decided to join #HarGharSchool initiative, where classes would come to them.
“I decided to teach them with the help of LLF personnel, at my home,” he says. The ‘Umang’ workbook has given children a lot of confidence and learning support with a variety of activities. Such dedicated community volunteers have brought a new ray of hope in these unprecedented times.