As we are well aware of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the global economy but also has tremendously disrupted our lifestyle. Children are no different, they have been confined within their homes and are bound to take online classes. But there are many students, who cannot afford to have access to online classes because they don’t have Internet or smart phone and the number is huge.
Thinking about the students coming from the financial weaker section of the society, West Bengal Commission for protection of Child Rights and Jadavpur University has launched ‘Sahaj Path‘ project to reach out to maximum number of students through Community Radio. JU Radio, the Community Radio Station of Jadavpur University will impart subject lessons thrice a week for half and hour every three days.
Speaking about the initiative, Ms Ananya Chakraborti, Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for protection of Child Rights, said, “We are working on the project for last 5 months and from 2nd September 2020, Project ‘Sahaj Path’ has been launched through JU Radio, as we believe there will be a large number of dropouts post covid situation and in order to address the situation, we have launched this initiative in collaboration with Jadavpur University“.
Moreover, the audio recording of the live telecast, would be later distributed among the NGO’s, so that they can hold extended session for the students in their respected area. This way the government is planning to reach out to the maximum number of students in the state.
A nationwide survey has also revealed that there has been a 100 percent increase in the amount of time, children spend in front of screens because of the lockdown and because of this many children are vulnerable to a risk of developing myopia or becoming overweight, due to the lack of sufficient physical activity. Keeping this in mind Project ‘Sahaj Path’ has designed their lesson plan as 15 minutes study and 15 minutes, extra curricular activities, to increase the engagement level of the students.