A school principal in a Jharkhand village had made headlines recently by transforming an entire village into a class-room. Walls served as blackboards where students solved assignments that teachers gave them through loudspeakers.
When students can't afford to attend #OnlineClasses due to lack of #smartphones, Mini blackboards have been painted across Dumrathar village in Jharkhand.
Dr.Sapan Kumar conducts classes with a community loud speaker. Students write on their personal blackboard @HemantSorenJMM pic.twitter.com/JH4COPk9Lu
— amardeep kaushal (@amardeepkaushal) October 1, 2020
The same teacher, Sapan Kumar, the principal of ‘Utkramit Madhya Vidyalaya’ at Dumarthar village in Dumka, has taken the initiative to help his students become self-sufficient — by making chalks, mats and brooms which are needed for running the classes.
According to Kumar, the students make these items after their classes. They obtain the materials used for making the blackboard from local resources without using any chemical or paint.
Kumar says that he took up the initiative to make children learn the importance of self-reliance. He believes that all-round development is important for a child to become successful in life.
“I found it too expensive to buy chalks. Therefore, I started looking for an alternative. After brainstorming for a few days, I decided to produce it on our own as it was not very difficult to get the raw materials,” The New Indian Express quoted Kumar as saying.
“Now, the children are producing more than 200 chalks every day,” said the principal. Similarly, every child needs a mat to sit outside their houses. These mats are made using palm leaves,” he added.
“This is a new experience for us,” said class 8 student Sonadi Marandi, who is one of the many students who are happy to learn the new skills.
Proper social distancing is maintained during their outdoor classes.