The pandemic has left the education system with anarchy as the schools across the country remained shut, most of the classes moving online. The government has been taking many steps to help students who do not have access to digital devices like smartphones, and laptops.
According to the Ministry of Education’s ‘Learning Enhancement Guidelines’, in the context of such endeavors, the government will approach the volunteers from the NCC (National Cadet Corps) and NSS (National Service Scheme) to fulfill the purpose. The guidelines have been released only for the community guided students who neither have access to digital learning devices nor teachers or school heads living in the contiguity.
The guideline read, “The local offices/members of NCC, NSS and Nehru Yuvak Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) may be contacted to help the states undertake the task of teaching students. They may require a quick training (online) and perhaps written guidelines.”
Role of the NCC & NSS Volunteers
As per the guidelines, the volunteers will be trained and allotted for a particular zone to help the children. Children, who have entered in residential schools; recently home due to the pandemic. As per the direction from the school, the volunteers will take copies of weekly sets of worksheets to a student’s house similarly, will guide parents or students about the work-sheets, and teach them how to support the child’s learning.
There are several options mentioned in the guidelines, such as community teaching and mobile-schools for students who do not have access to those learning tools.
“Volunteers can create a mobile bank wherein people in the community can donate their old smart phones,” the guidelines state.
Apart from the NCC, NSS, and NYSK volunteers, graduate students, or school students, educated volunteered parents can also teach young learners.
Support for the Children of Migrant Labourers
Besides, mentioned in the guidelines that the children of migrant labourers will also get supports from the volunteers and community support. Community people will identify the children of migrant labourers, who do not have the proper device for learning and report about them to the local authorities, later they will contact them.
“In case children of migrant labourers are not being traced, a helpline number can be issued and also posters publicising the need of education for all children need to be posted at prominent places,” the Ministry of Education states.