As the COVID-19 outbreak wreaks havoc around the globe, stories of frontline soldiers who have gone above and beyond to bring hope to those in need emerge. Kalyan Mankoti of Aso village in Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district is one such education warrior. He and his daughter went from Almora town to Chanoli Village, giving behind a nice life in the town in order to maintain his devotion to teaching.
Kalyan opted to transfer from Almora to Chanoli village in Maharashtra. During the lockdown, he sought to assist his students in continuing their studies. Kalyan had to fill out numerous forms and meet with the District Magistrate as COVID procedures restricted his travel.
Learning, studying, and comprehension exercises were carried out in a field near the jungle
Kalyan enlisted the aid of others to assist him in his endeavor. Science, Languages, Social Science, Music, and other subjects are taught to the youngsters, as well as singing, and paper and mud painting lessons. He is aided by his past pupils who are currently pursuing various courses at the institution, in addition to his daughter.
The village elders are also involved in the education of the children. Revti Devi instructs the youngsters on how to present themselves in society, while Tara Devi demonstrates how to prepare various mountain foods. Children are also taught how to create a small business using the village’s dairy products and veggies.
Kalyan’s effort has become a symbol of honesty, bringing people together for a similar cause. Children not only receive their regular studies, but they also participate in substantial dialogue with local residents. They learn traditional dishes, sing old folk songs, and learn about the surrounding environment and medicinal herbs.
With the support of Bhojan Mata, community members, and teachers, the afternoon meal was resumed for the children. In the area, other COVID-19 awareness campaigns are also taking place. It’s inspiring to watch how kids now bring their textbooks with them when they walk out to pasture their livestock, says Kalyan.