MP teacher sets up mini-school, library on scooter as schools remain closed

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A teacher in Madhya Pradesh has set up a mini-school and library on a scooter amid the closure of schools in the area due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In an innovative initiative to bring education to students’ doorstep, a government school teacher from Madhya Pradesh has set up a mini-school and library on the two wheels of his scooter for students in rural areas, where schools remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Schools and colleges across the country are slowly shutting down once again due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in educational institutes, which is taking a toll on the education of students coming from rural areas and low-income families, who cannot afford to attend online classes.

The government school teacher decided to build this school in a portable fashion so that it is easily accessible all across the village and he is often seen conducting classes for students in rural areas under the shade of a tree outdoors.

As the schools have been shut down in Madhya Pradesh due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, school authorities have been conducting online classes for the students to keep them up to speed with their studies. This has become a major problem for students in rural areas.

“We do not get network connectivity in many places. I used to download videos and show them on mobile and then I started teaching on the scooty on which there is a green board on one side and books on the other,” Chandra said while talking about his mini-school.

He further said, “Unavailability of the mobile network is also a major problem in many areas. Keeping this in mind, I bought five smartphones that I give to students of my class. Students can keep the books of the library for 2-3 days.”

Many students are benefiting from the venture started by Mr. Chandra amid the ongoing pandemic situation. Schools in Madhya Pradesh have been shut down for students below class 8 and will reopen once the Covid-19 situation is reviewed.

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