The Village Service Program (GSP), launched by the SBI Foundation Mumbai, allows children to learn basic English reading and writing skills and even improve their general knowledge.
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Classes are taken from 4 pm to 6 pm with the required curriculum activity books.
Siddalingesh Ballali, coordinator of SBI GSP, told TOI that one of the 26 activities undertaken under SBI GSP was remedial class. “It aims to keep rural students engaged in learning activities during the epidemic,” he added.
Sikander Miranaik, CEO of Sankalp Grameen Unnayan Society (SRDS), Hubli, which is the nodal agency of SBI GSP, said that their focus was on key areas such as basic English reading and writing skills, maths and maths. Knowledge. “The main goal is to provide an extra support to the students in the inner village and help them develop a positive attitude as well as prepare them for future courses,” he added.
Asharani Hiremath, Education Coordinator, SRDS, emphasized that classes were being conducted in Pethalur, Basapur, Tambragundi, Harogeri and Kelur, and that a local graduate had been appointed as a teacher in each village. “We collect Rs 25 per month from each child and pay the teachers. About 150 of our students are studying in first to seventh grade. It started in October 2020 but was postponed during the lockdown in May and June 2021, ”he added.
Umadevi Cabarelli, a parent in Pethalur, said her two daughters have been attending the class for over a year and have improved. “We are getting tuition on par with urban students but at a nominal fee of Rs 25 per month. Through audio-visual media, our children are given the opportunity to learn TV sets and screens. Without it, our girls would be out of school, ”he added.
Basappa Alavandi, a parent in Tambragundi, shared that many parents were concerned about their ward’s education when school closures were extended indefinitely. “We were relieved in October 2020 when the SBI Foundation started classes. They are teaching our children following all the guidelines of Kovid-19, ”he said.
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