Know the problemMihipurwa block of Bahraich Uttar Pradesh, bordering Nepal, comprises of 104 villages and most of them are situated in dense forest regions. The treacherous geographical and the preserved ecological aspects of this region have made it largely inaccessible to technology and modernization. The impact of this remoteness has attained utmost significance in the recent times when everything, from schools to offices, has moved online.
High rates of migration, unemployment and poverty has forced many kids to leave schools and resort to streets in search of menial ways of earning and feeding the family. Limited accessibility to smart phones, mobile network and even electricity may cause the resource deprived kids here to drop out or not to get enrolled in schools, post pandemic. All this will ultimately leave the community with faint possibilities of leading a dignified life beyond obscurity.
What we intend to do
To keep the first generational learners connected to school and inclined towards education, we initiated Panchlight campaign in June this year. Here, a group of maximum 6-8 students is taught by a volunteer from the village itself at an easily accessible center. These volunteers are college students, recent graduates or teachers of private schools who lost their jobs amidst the COVID19 crisis. All volunteers and students are provided with stationery, masks and sanitizers using the funds raised. Competitions and extra-curricular activities are conducted on days of historical importance, and better performing students are awarded; this encourages them to pursue their hobbies and keeps their interest in studies intact.
How we use the funds
Each center strictly follows the precautionary measures including- physical distancing, use of masks, hand sanitization before and after the classes. These schools thus, also serves as a platform to aware and educate the communities on the myths and facts around the COVID19. Basic stationery is provided to each student and to each volunteer to support learning and teaching.
Specifically the funds will be utilized to:
- Provide each student with a stationary kit, costing 100 rupees each.
- Provide each volunteer with a rolling black-board, chalk-box, duster, pens, registers and supportive teaching material, all costing around 150 rupees for each volunteer.
- Distribute masks and sanitizers to the students and volunteers.
- Transport stationery from Bahraich city to different locations.
- Cover the incentives provided to volunteer, including travelling cost and phone bills.
- Print forms, certificates, assessment sheets etc.
- Award students who perform comparatively better in assessments or those who are regular in classes.