Sakcham Jha Delhi India
The way forward to normalize children's education in post lockdown in India.
The Epidemic of Coronavirus has proved to be the greatest humanitarian crisis on the planet since the Second World War. One can demarcate the difference between the spread of the virus across the globe.
The Prime Minister of India introduced the idea of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a self-reliant India, as a weapon in the fight against the pandemic. The post-lock-down education system must have strategies to develop coping mechanisms to address disease transmission. As per the WHO guidelines, the physical distance has become the new normal reality that should be placed at the top of the agenda in the fight against the epidemic.
Social distancing should be an integral part of everyday life in school settings that cover buses, classrooms, canteens, playgrounds, labs, washroom to make it more inclusive. Perception building is another key area in making the education system safe and secure, which could be achieved through awareness-raising and epidemic awareness programs. Sensitization programs should cover various aspects of the disease, such as, -health and hygiene, WASH program, Social distancing standard, Importance of personal protective kits (PPE), How to boost immunity through a balanced diet. In addition, the social, emotional, psychological well-being of children must be taken into consideration through counselling. Schools in rural India should align their activities with the WHO guidelines. The role of government bodies in the funding of primary schools living in rural and remote should be maximised in order to increase their efficiency and sustainability through technological advancement. Aanganwadi centres should be more structured and functional through the program of health and nutrition, education and immunization under the Indradhanush scheme. ASHA workers should also disseminate an awareness-raising campaign through a door-to-door visit to a community that practices social distance standards. The School should also recruit more medical staff to study child symptoms through clinical diagnosis. The curriculum should be designed in such a way that it is more reflexive, flexible, and analytical in nature. Also, planning academic routine should avoid large gathering activities such as annual function, educational tours, in order to minimize further spread of the virus. School walls should be painted with pictorial depictions and slogans related to cleanliness, hand washing steps. Teachers should focus equally on the development of personality as well as the prescribed curriculum in order to have a holistic impact on children's mental and physical aspects.