With the Coronavirus hitting the world, it has become very difficult for students to pursue their education, although the schools and colleges have gone remote to teach students, there are a lot of students that come from poor backgrounds and cannot afford a smartphone and 4G data.
To make learning easy, this school in Maharashtra’s Solapur City has come up with a very innovative way to impart wisdom by painting the walls of the buildings in and around the vicinity with lessons from textbooks.
This makes it easy for students to go stand in front of the walls relating to their syllabus and learn it while following social distancing norms, said Ram Gaikwad a teacher from the Asha Marathi Vidyalaya primary school in Nilamnagar of Solapur told PTI.
Around 300 outer walls of various houses in the Nilamnagar area of Solapur have been painted with simplified lessons from textbooks of various subjects of Classes 1 to 10.
Nearly 1,700 students from nearby areas study in the primary school and its secondary section Shri Dharmanna Sadul Prashala.
Gaikwad said these students come from poor families as their parents are laborers, mostly working in textile units of the district.
“Online education is the new norm in the current COVID-19 situation for which smartphones with good internet bandwidth is a must. But, the parents of the majority of our students do not have smartphones or any other gadget, so online classes are a distant dream for them,” he said.
Hence, the school came up with the idea of painting walls of the houses located near the educational institution with lessons from textbooks, he said.
“We painted contents from textbooks on the walls of houses in Nilamnagar by making them simpler, comprehensible, and interesting. Students, as per their convenience, now go and stand in front of the walls following all the social distancing norms and revise the lessons,” Gaikwad said.
The lessons painted on these walls include alphabets, numbers, words, sentence formation, grammar, Mathematical formulae, General Knowledge, and lessons from various other subjects, he said.
The school is also conducting online classes for the people with smartphones, the ones that cannot afford smartphones use these walls as a medium to learn.
Asha Marathi Vidyalaya”s Principal Tasleem Pathan said nearly 1,700 students, mostly from Nilamnagar, are enrolled in the primary and secondary sections of the school.
The lessons painted on the walls are not only benefitting them but also students from two to three other schools located nearby, she said.
Nagesh Kallur, who works at a canteen in the city and has enrolled his son in this school, said he cannot afford a smartphone for his child’s online education.
“But, the lessons painted on the walls of houses in our area are turning out to be beneficial for students. Students follow the social distancing norms and wear masks while standing in front of these walls to study,” he said.
Surekha Kore, a parent of another student, said as their family income has dipped due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, it is difficult for them to afford a smartphone for online education.
“These lessons painted on the walls in our area are turning out to be quite useful for our children,” she said.