As we all know the pandemic had led the world into a serious crisis, it literally turned the entire world upside down. Affecting every sector, from the food system to the economy, to mobility, to social connection, all aspects around us have suffered unimaginably. Obviously, education sector has been badly affected, as most countries were forced to close down the school and colleges.
Nepal is one of those countries, although the government of Nepal has not given the green light to fully operate the school, most of the schools located in the remote areas like Serang have started to open. The main reason being its isolated location and its minimal contact with people, making it safer than the city areas.
Furthermore, the need for education is seen when looking at the circumstances of the school kids, unlike the school in city areas where the learnings are conducted through online and broadcasting, our kids do not have access to those learnings’ options. Hence, most of the time, they were involved in household works like farming, cattle-rearing, and such.
After six long months of school’s absence, Serang finally makes its decision to open the school.
The long gap has diminished the students’ progress, hence, the teachers had to revise the entire course all over again. Making it even more difficult, the winter now approaches – during winter students have a hard time trying to concentrate on their studies, and this makes the teachers’ jobs even more challenging. As clearly stated by all four teachers that they are very worried about their students – “how will they co-operate with us and how are we going to complete all the chapters during this cold winter”. Completing chapters is clearly not a big deal for us but the biggest worry is the pressure that the students are going have. With this students’ grades are likely to get affected, and hence lead to disappointments in their families and our respected sponsors. As a teacher, this probably is one of the hardest things to face.
Serang located in an isolated area somehow makes us feel lucky and safe, till now, none of the villagers around Serang have been diagnosis by Covid-19. But you never know, and this is something that worries us the most.
Despite all these challenges and difficulties, we really love our students and we only intend to make them better each day. We also want to send our sincere gratitude to all our sponsors for still supporting us despite the ongoing crisis, we cannot thank you enough. With love and prayers!