Students from rural India have been the hardest hit due to the ongoing pandemic. But that hasn’t deterred their spirit for learning. On its part, AIM for Seva is also ensuring the best possible educational plus support in these critical times.
At the Smt. and Sri. Satoor Rajasri & Rajalingam Goud AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Mahbubnagar, Telangana, the coordinator has arranged for free tuition classes for students upwards of Class 5. Currently, 10 students (Classes 3 to 10) are taking coaching support for science and mathematics. These classes are being conducted six days a week, Monday through Saturday for four to six hours daily. Sri. A.Srinivasulu and Sri. K. Raju, two teacher trained volunteers attached to the Mahbubnagar Chatralayam are conducting the daily lessons.
Sri. Raju is currently staying in a guest house in close vicinity to the Mahbubnagar Chatralayam to ensure students make up for the lost time.“The Chatralayam boys are a talented bunch and the effort right now is to make up for the time lost. They are now developing their overall communication and English language skills and mathematics,” says Sri. Raju.
Sri. Raju who hails from Kachari village in Mahbubnagar district,Telangana, studied in a Telugu medium institution till Class 12. He is a M.Sc. graduate. He came to know about AIM for Seva through one of his friend, Ravi Kumar Yadav who is working with the NGO in the region. Sri. Raju has been teaching the boys from the Mahbubnagar Chatralayam for over five years now.
Another volunteer, Sri. A.Srinivasulu from Mahbubnagar who is working in a private school (Pratibha High School) and also running Tirumalai Institution (a coaching centre in the area) is taking maths and science classes for the boys. “The Covid-19 has resulted in a large break and learning gaps for students. It is pretty much back to the basics in a lot of subjects, Varmala in Hindi and Telugu and the basic operations in mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Some boys are experiencing reading problems and a lot of hard work is required during the current academic year,” shares Sri. Srinivasulu.
He adds the long break has impacted concentration levels of the students. “A lot of the students continue to remain playful.”