Views and Reflections

The pandemic has been a turning point in the way we lived our lives - impacting livelihoods, health, relationships and most of all, education. As a result, children have grown up very fast and have lost social interaction, creative play and basic experiences of nature in everyday-life activities. These have been replaced by screen time, leading to their development being compromised.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted student learning to a large extent. Educational institutions have explored various online options to ensure uninterrupted learning. However, there is enough and more evidence to suggest that remote learning options do not work. Education is a deeply intimate process of enquiry, discovery and meaning-making that happens between the teacher, the student and her peers and personalisation and collaboration are necessary to make learning possible.
COVID-19 in children
 
What is education?
 
It has been more than eight months since the COVID-19 lockdown saga began in India. Reports on the impact of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown on the lives of children have been coming out. In June and July 2020 several reports were published on the situation on the ground as well as its impact on children.

Vartul Dhaundiyal

‘Ma’am may I also do things which bhaiya and didis do?’ asked Diksha. Her teacher asked her with a gesture of pleasant surprise. ‘What things?’ ‘Chamiksha’, said Diksha. ‘Oh, why not! Go ahead,’ her teacher said joyfully. Diksha, then, very shyly asked, 'Then my video will also be sent?'. The teacher laughed at the charming expression of the child. She promised her that if she did the sameeksha (review) of a story, then, she would share her video in the teachers’ group.

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