After the shutting of Anganwadi, workers take lessons on "lockdown parenting" in Chattisgarh

Representational Image:- Anganwadi works

On May 28, UNESCO reported that around 2.7 million teachers from India who had been impacted by the pandemic are untrained to handle challenges.

Despite all these, the foot soldiers - Anganwadi workers have upheld the task of ensuring undulated educational requirements through special initiatives in the remote parts of India.

In Chattisgarh, one such initiative called "Sajag" with special audio messages was rolled out not for students but for parents.

"Children wait eagerly to meet me. During every home visit, they ask when they can return to the Anganwadi...,", Told Rajkumari Yadav, an Anganwadi service working for over 21 years.

Launched in April this year, the program aims at tweaking parenting skills considering the prolonged home confinement as distressing. The special audio messages encourage parents to maintain a healthy and peaceful environment at home.

Shruti Nerkar, commissioner, Department of Women, and child development, said that such activities have led to responsible parenting and a reduction in aggression.

But the obstacles can't be kept away. Not all services own smartphones and internet connectivity is often weak thus affecting the interactive relays of the program.

In the Naxal affected, tribal areas, the teams would rely on personal interactions more than the technology but extremely far off places still demanded technology to cater to the plans.

When the teachers have lost their jobs or are unpaid and many students struggle with inefficient network connection, Anganwadi workers have taken the charge to lead this education drive.

Elders are very much affirmative about the program and its measures have dramatically changed the attitudes of parents towards their children according to the officers.

These soldiers have turned out to be the emotional bridge between the parents and the children.

There has been a bigger shift seen in the involvement of three major stakeholders i.e. Students, Teachers, and Parents. The stale teacher-student relationship has now been exposed to the virtual community that includes parents.

“The parents have slowly begun to accept that some parenting aspects have remained ignored. They were interactive with their children lately”, told Minj who schedules five to six home visits to catch up with the folks every day.

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