Education becomes severe day by day as the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown. It is denied who is put to the greatest detriment as the schools are closed, and classrooms have moved online. Nonetheless, just those students can go to classes whose families have the advantage of having smartphones.
The circumstance has left oppressed students in a condition of wretchedness. Moreover, a gathering of students from Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNU) has stepped up to the plate and help a couple of such students. Around 15 students of JNU have been consistently visiting Madhukar Basti, a slum in Munirka locality, and educating more than 30 students there for the past 11 days. The unit of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) from the JNU is leading this activity, named Basti Ki Pathshala.
Shivam Chaurasia, president of, ABVP-JNU said they started the Basti Ki Pathshala program to empower continuous education and learning to the schoolchildren of Madhukar Basti. Their volunteers visit every evening and educate 30+ students from the slum whose learning had halted as they couldn’t manage the cost of cell phones to proceed with their studies.
Chaurasia further added that the volunteers teach core subjects such as science, English, mathematics, and many more. They mean to keep the energy of education in any event, during the lockdown time frame for these deprived students.
From 5 to 6 pm, the volunteers kept a whiteboard in an open space in the slum and students gathered to attend the classes. Additionally, they also provide study material to the students.
Meenakshi Choudhary, a volunteer who teaches English to the slum children said The students appear to be happy while going to their classes with new books, scratchpad, pencils in their grasp. They revealed to them that they have been missing it severely as it empowers them to meet their companions and study together. They felt energized after their reaction.
Praneet Duholiya, the convenor of the Basti Ki Pathshala program, stated that the volunteers are happy to teach these children. He added that the students of Madhukar Basti are consistently glad to see them at their place, and they are additionally upbeat in assuming a significant part in their lives during their difficulties. Their teaching program has been made conceivable by the dynamic interest of volunteers and a group of ABVP-JNU. They will keep on pursuing such exercises later on additionally in light of the fact that it gives so much satisfaction.
Chaurasia said that the Madhukar Basti, the slum was received by the ABVP three years prior to turning out social exercises. ABVP-JNU has been consistently visiting the territory to praise celebrations, events, dispersion of study materials, and garments to the poor kids and their families. Basti Ki Pathshala is a continuation of their exercises here.