As the pandemic makes digital teaching the norm, these initiatives are bringing school to rural children: Mala Kumar

(Mala Kumar is a children’s book author and editor. This column appeared in The Hindu on July 24, 2021)

 

  • As children in rural India, with little access to gadgets and networks, are pushed into deeper marginalisation, a look at some initiatives that try to change this. Eleven-year-old Chaithanya has not been to school in over a year. On a Sunday morning, she is glued to the television in her house in rural Ravugodlu, Karnataka, watching an English lesson. With schools closed, many children like Chaithanya are making use of classes beamed on Doordarshan’s Kannada channel since the beginning of the month. The pandemic has pushed an already neglected section of the population into deeper marginalisation — children in rural India, especially those in government schools …

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