During COVID, children belonging to villages in Mica dependent districts of Koderma and Giridih in Jharkhand couldn’t attend school regularly as their parents lost their livelihood and couldn’t support their education. Furthermore, they were made to support their parents in household work and income generation during the pandemic.
While working towards re-enrolling these children in schools, we at Terre des Hommes Netherlands realised that the children had a gap of 6 months to a year in their studies.
As a response, we conducted remedial classes to bridge this gap in academic learning for these dropout students, specifically belonging to pre-primary and primary classes. Our community facilitators and with the support of children from balmanch (Children’s Club), many children were provided with lessons on basic reading and writing. They were also supported through digital classes and provided with mobile library facilities to keep them enthusiastically engaged and to continue the revision of the studies that they missed out on.
A total of 85 children in ten villages were enrolled in these remedial classes. Now these dropout students can smoothly transition to the next grade despite the pandemic.