The 322-year-old man has painted blackboards on the mud walls of several houses on either side of Jaba village so that children can learn the three tricks of education – reading, writing and mathematics.
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“The problems of Bengali and English alphabet and mathematics and their solutions are written in chalk on those blackboards,” said Dwipnarayan Naik, who acquired the term “raster master”. The walls that have temporary blackboards have been given a new coat of paint. Social messages were also painted on them, including color graffiti, nursery rhymes and the need for vaccinations.
Classes are held at regular intervals in the village in the Jamuria area of the district, which delights both the students and their parents.
Before Naik, a teacher at Tilka Majhi Primary School in the area, brought classroom students to their doorsteps, he began taking classes on the side of the road under trees in eight places.
“But it was not possible for everyone to take classes under the trees because of the presence of insects. Moreover, some of them have to help the adults in farming. So I decided to draw a blackboard on the wall of their house and take classes there,” he said.
Initially, there were only two students and now their number has exceeded 100.
Naik also thinks it is important to fight against prejudice among the villagers. Part of the parents thought that people infected with malaria were infected by ghosts.
“I was able to bring a microscope to class in the village and show them the malaria virus. I showed them how flowers bloom and how trees grow. Most of these children are in the early stages and they are first generation students.” Teachers.
“I invented my own teaching manual for them,” Naik asked his students, many of them girls, to chant a rhyme written by him in need of regular hand washing and to clap after each line.
Naik takes nothing from his students for service and pulls out all his assets. He also gets help from family and friends.
“I hope that when the school reopens, I will be able to ensure that there is a drop in the number of children in the area. But I want to continue the current initiative,” he said.
Rimki Oraon, a sixth-grader, said they were saddened when the school closed because of Corona.
“But later, Sir started taking classes on the street and then at our doorstep. We are very happy now.”
Villager Shital Baski said they thanked Naik for coming forward to teach the children when the school was closed.
“The teacher’s initiative is commendable. We are by his side,” said Hermor Singh, MLA of Jamuria.
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