A report of the work undertaken by Care & Fair India
from March 2020 – January 2022:
The Covid 19 outbreak has disrupted education systems globally.
Our hope to return back to normality has been shattered time and time again with each wave of coronavirus. Amidst fear and uncertainty, Care & Fair India has made every possible attempt to continue the teaching-learning process while strictly adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the government of India.
From establishing community education centers, conducting surveys for new admissions, distributing uniforms and books, encouraging students to study and learn, to making students and parents aware about safety measures against Covid-19, Care & Fair India has shown resilience and determination in these hard times.
As you know, the State government closed all educational institutions from March 11, 2020 and from March 25, 2020 the country was completely sealed off and a curfew was imposed. On May 4, 2020 the government granted conditional permission to reopen markets, offices, and factories.
We have passed the first wave in 2020 and the second wave in 2021 of the terrible pandemics.
In April 2021, the first month of session 2021-2022, the government ordered complete shutdown of schools due to severity of the second wave. This continued for another three months (May, June and July).
In the month of June, a Teachers’ Training Workshop was conducted following all the safety measures. In July, teachers were asked to discuss and formulate new teaching techniques keeping in mind the non-feasibility of online teaching.
Beginning of August 2021, the schools remained closed for the first three weeks as per order of the government. The State Government has allowed us to function with 50% strength, on August 23, 2021, for classes 6 to 8 and from September 1, 2021 we have been permitted to start class 1 to 5 as well with 50% strength.
To cover all students, we are functioning in 2 shifts. Distribution of books, uniforms etc. has started; teachers and students have been interacting regularly. Children are becoming more active day by day.
In coming months, exams, competitions and other functions may start on a regular basis.
In September, the primary classes (1 to 5) were allowed to operate with 50% strength and in accordance with safety measures issued by the government which were followed judiciously in our schools.
In October 2021, the schools functioned with full strength as per the orders of the government. In addition to this, a Teachers’ Training Workshop was conducted in John Lewis Chakhsikhari School from October 4, to October 8, 2021 in which members of ‘Katha Foundation’ taught the teachers about innovative pedagogical teaching.
In the month of November 2021 and December 2021, the schools continued to operate with full capacity and the students, teachers and staff participated enthusiastically in all school activities while, of course, following all safety measures.
From December 31, 2021 to January 14, 2022, schools remained closed due to winter vacation.
From January 15, 2022 to February 6, 2022, the schools remained closed due to government orders following a surge in covid cases.
While classes 9 to 12 were allowed to learn with full strength from 7th January 2022, the classes 1 to 8 were also allowed to learn with full strength since February 14, 2022.
All the teachers, staff and children above 18 years of age have been vaccinated.
So far a small overview of the situation in and about our projects and the life of the “CARE & FAIR family” in India in times of COVID-19.
CARE & FAIR Europe and CARE & FAIR India supported and helped as best as we could.
We thank, also in the name of the children, all donors, sponsors and all the others, who supported CARE & FAIR and helped us to continue our important work.