Since October 2020, our chatralaya students from classes 9 and above have been permitted to return to their student homes in those states issuing government permission. There are currently 223 students in our chatralaya, and a total of 1,800 are anticipated by January 2021.
Our children are attending online classes provided by the school and televised classes offered through some state governments. Our field coordinators maintain regular contact with children still in their home villages, advising their parents of televised learning to allow their children to continue academic studies and be prepared for the return to school, and offering emotional support.
School and College Students
Schools are expected to open in January 2021. Online learning is being held for classes 6 and above in four of our schools: Khategaon, Kadalur, Semmangudi and Manjakkudi. Dharmapuri and Padali are pre-primary and primary, so no online classes have been initiated. Online classes are conducted through virtual tutoring platforms and are more activity-based.
- Helping students to acclimate to this new mode of education.
- Encouraging them to bring the same level of enthusiasm to remote learning as they would to traditional methods despite the added distractions.
- Developing new techniques and methodologies to engage the students, including establishing new norms such as requiring students to regularly ask questions, interact and respond.
- Employing new testing methods to ensure teaching effectiveness, including frequent assessments and assignments requiring online research and presentation by students on topics learned.
The rate of adaptability has been encouraging. While online learning has not completely replaced conventional methods, it offers an effective option for continuing education.