PHOTOS: How a pandemic changed everything for these students

A streetdweller takes it upon herself to homeschool her grandchildren; six year olds learn to take care of themselves—school's out, but there's a lot yet to be learned
Published: Jul 11, 2020

Image by : Rajesh Kumar Pandey

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Jharkhand: Students of Bankathi Upgraded Middle School

When affluent urban schools and colleges have moved classes online, for some students even accessing a smartphone is a dream. To ensure that the lack of technology didn't affect their education, Shyam Kishore Singh Gandhi, the headmaster of Bankathi Upgraded Middle School in Jharkhand's Dumka district, came up with the idea of teaching children over loudspeakers. Gandhi put up several loudspeakers across the Bankathi village, so that children in their homes could hear them. As per reports, five teachers and two para teachers read out lessons over microphones, while sitting in empty classrooms for two hours every day. Since April 16, close to 200 students are being taught their school lessons every day through this model.