-Ashwini Avanthi, Karnataka Coordinator
In 2015 Commencement of KA school’s Hanumasagara was the first school to start in Koppal cluster. Team members first visit to had a lot of expectation and started the day with the Hanumasagara GHPS.
Head Master, GHPS Hanumasagara headed discussion with evidyaloka team members and expressed his views to be proud compared to other school that evidyaloka programme is running successfully and the rate of admission
Interaction with students-
eVidyaloka students of 5th, 6th , 7th grades shared their ambition for becoming professionals in various field. Students performed various cultural activities along with English skit and showed their skills on how the online classes are useful in developing their confidence to challenge the life. Students showed their interest in expanding evidyaloka programme to High school and want to be connected with their online teachers after completion of Higher Primary School.
Class Assistance Meeting/ Discussion –
Hanumasagara, Thopalakatti,Miyapur,Harijanwada CA’s were present in the discussion. Mr.Vasanth headed the meeting. With the successful completion of two years in NBI cluster. Various techniques was discussed by KA, Coordinator. CA’s are willing to give more time in such kind of activities and expected to increase more online teachers in their centre.
Halagondanahalli and Hosadurga CA’s were virtually connected and shared their perspectives to start up few new more schools in their cluster.
Hanumasagara and Thopalakatti CA’s asked KA Coordinator to give them more opportunity to actively participant in various upcoming programme. Sri.Venkat, CEO of eVidyaloka opined that eVidyaloka will be explored and is expanding to reach out more isolated schools in KOPPAL District and facilitate students in online teaching.
Parents along with their sibling attended meeting. HM,Local Coordinator along with the eVidyaloka team members headed discussion on few objectives to know more about the parents perception on education.
Most of the parents do not know reading and writing and hence the children are first generation learners. But parents do understand the importance of education, and they dream with better education their children will be able to get good jobs. They have different aims like doctor, teacher, engineer, army officer etc. This shows the enthusiasm among these parents is very high, it’s just the lack of resources due to which they are unable to get what they deserve. They really appreciated evidyaloka’s work. Their joy reclaimed when they are happily willing to send their kids to school.
We interviewed few parents and here is some glimpse of that:
Participant 2- Earlier every day he was forcing the child to go for school. Now child wakes up early and she orders him to get ready soon and reach school on time. Online teaching helping the student to speak more English words which is making parents to feel proud in village.
Participant 1- His son comes back home and shares the lesson taught by Online teacher which is making other neighbour children listen more about the new things.
Participant 3- In TV how can a teacher be connected had a question in the mind. HM made to attend one class along with the students, after watching the class she was amazed to see the English class where the teacher replied looked at her and asked few questions on the village.
Participant 8- We missed the opportunities in life but whole heartily wish all the children should read well and go to good job none other than the coolie work which they are doing. Her daughter is happily explains English words to her younger brother.
Students class information and other related details forwarded in Text/Bulk messages, do parents can read and know about the students learning in the class?
Participants- In chorus ‘YES” they will make their neighbours or the elder siblings to read and inform them.
Insights from the field
These kind of field visits provides ample amount of information about the functioning of schools. It gives the actual picture of the classroom structure where the student learning is happening. After meeting school management committee, head master, parents and other stakeholders we got to understand the challenges from different perspectives. In future we would like to work on overcoming the challenges. We Parents aspiration for their children was the most motivating and inspiring factor which retains them back to the school.