The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted children’s education in every aspect. Due to the lockdown, schools were shut, and education was halted. Since then, schools have either never opened for some age groups, or opened intermittently.
As online education still remains a distant dream for many rural kids studying in primary classes and parents being occupied with work, many children have been found disengaged from their routine learning.
Thus, amid the uncertainty of restoring normalcy, the alumni of Thayanur panchayat union primary school have started street schools to impart education to children living in rural areas.
The classes are being conducted at the rate of 20 students per centre in open space either in the backyard or terrace of the houses. The alumni have been hosting street schools in 10 locations of the district.
Drawing, storytelling and elocution training are some of the interesting activities offered to keep the rural kids engaged. Apart from co-curricular activities, basic lessons in math and science are also explained in Tamil by the tutors.
An examination has also been planned to review the performance of the kids. The school education department is also planning to expand the street school drive in other villages where online education is still unviable.