COVID-19: With a blackboard attached to the bike, the Chhattisgarh teacher conducts Mohalla classes to raise children
KOREA: Rudra Rana, a government school teacher in Chhattisgarh District, Korea, rides a bike on his bike to raise children by holding “Mohalla” classes in the COVID-19 pandemic.

While speaking with ANI, Rana said that since many students had no access to online education and all schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, he thought of educating them by bringing “school on their doorstep”.

“Very few students were able to take the online courses, so we started with Mohalla courses. That’s why I thought about this method. It also ensures the safety of teachers and students as there is no contact. Since students are not in the school I bring education to their doorstep, “said Rana.

“I also have a blackboard, books and posters with me. I ring the bell and then the students come, just like in normal school life, then the students say their prayers and we start teaching according to the curriculum,” he added.

Rana went on to say, “I travel from one region to another, collecting students and teaching them about coronavirus and their subjects. Even students come up and show interest, while locals appreciate the initiative.”

“The umbrella on my bike is a new way of educating students. It also protects me from the heat and rain,” he added.

Regarding the importance of these classes during the pandemic, Shilp, one student said, “We can learn a lot from these classes. Sir comes here daily and teaches us and also answers our doubts. We enjoy this method of teaching.”

“Sir teaches us different concepts and later we learn them ourselves. We miss school, but that concept is nice too, as it feels like we are in school,” said Suraj, another student.

Previously, a state school teacher, Ashok Lodhi, was delighted with his efforts to educate students by using an LED TV on his bike to teach kids about cartoons and music. He also received plenty of praise for his unique initiative and was dubbed “Cinema Wale Babu” by the locals of Korea District.

Following the coronavirus outbreak, the Chhattisgarh government had previously set up an online portal called Padhai Tuhar Duar, which offered education to students stuck in their homes.

The state government pushed the program forward in August and introduced “Padhai Tuhar Para”, which aims to teach children with the help of the community in their localities and villages.


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