The Government of Odisha has announced that it would introduce alternative learning and mentorship programmes for tribal students. Private and public schools in the state have already switched to the online mode of teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Approximately 6 lakh students from the SC/ST communities are in line to benefit from the initiative. "The programme will be launched to cater to the educational needs of the students from Class 2 to Class 10 in 1,731 residential schools across the state," the ST/SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Department secretary Ranjana Chopra said.
Detailed Strategy in Place
For students with internet access, Whatsapp groups have been created, through which e-content will be circulated. Ranjana Chopra added that "The e-content that maps to the curriculum of students of Class 2 to Class 10 has been created. This will be provided to the end-users registered in various Whatsapp groups at the school level".
A total of 4,467 mentor teachers across Odisha have been mapped with 21,239 tribal villages. These mentor teachers shall reach out to the students without access to internet or smartphones.
“It is expected that this whole exercise will keep the ST and SC students, residing in remote villages, connected to the learning process and also provide them skill support. The teachers will create an enabling environment in the villages and mentor these students”, the SC/ST Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Department secretary Ranjana Chopra added.