Class 3-5

COVID-19, declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, might well change the world forever! It has shattered lives, disrupted markets, challenged our social fabric and the long-term impact is yet to be seen. It has completely halted 
formal education activities across the world. Children are unable to go to school and attend classes, interact with their peers and engage with formal academic activities. Across India, children have been out of school and at home since March this year. 
Demographics
 
Background
 
‘I need my space. Why can’t you understand? You don’t care about me!’
 
The disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic put India’s education sector in a tight spot. It had either to adopt the new system of online education or languish with the offline one. The choice of online education ended up being a heavy burden for many schools, especially those in the under-served hinterlands, the primary reason being the absence of critical infrastructure to make the change seamless. It made critics question the sudden advocacy for digital education on a pan-India scale.
Introduction
 
Sitting away from my clients (children and adults) and watching them on the screen talk about the way they are coping with the pandemic, I have been witnessing a lot of anxiety each one is dealing with. It is hard to say who is more affected, difficult to identify the depth of breakdown of internal coping for each one and decide the severity of the impact of the dilution of physical boundaries on each member of the family.
The context
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a mixed bag of experiences with respect to teacher professional development programmes. While it has enabled many more persons to access training programmes at very low costs, it has also extensively changed the dynamics of the programmes, not necessarily for the better.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by surprise. It hit everyone regardless of their status or background. And with schools closing, exams getting cancelled and over one billion learners impacted worldwide, education is among those fields that have been hit the hardest. 
 
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