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OVERVIEW                                                  education in India. To ensure that learning continues
                                                                                       despite school closures during the second and third wave
                                                                                       of COVID-19, and supported by the belief that
                             The COVID-19 pandemic forced nationwide school
                                                                                       communities would remain key to building back better
                             closures, causing widespread learning disruptions for
                                                                                       post-pandemic, the Trusts took the  following actions.
                             millions  of children  in India. The sudden,  but  rapid shift
                                                                                       Community-level    education    interventions  were
                             from in-person learning to online modes of instruction
                                                                                       implemented for children in villages through Associate
                             further exacerbated pre-existing inequities in education,
                                                                                       Organisations and  partners  at  community  learning
                             especially for students belonging to rural and marginalised
                                                                                       centres and libraries. This was achieved with the help of a
                             communities. This also pushed many children out of the
                                                                                       dedicated  group   of  community    volunteers,  who
                             school system, further deepening the digital divide.
                                                                                       supplemented these e orts with online learning,
                                                                                       wherever possible.
                             The high number fatalities, especially during the initial phase
                             of the pandemic, rendered many children at risk on account
                                                                                       These classes also doubled as much-needed hubs for
                             of them becoming orphaned and consequently losing
                                                                                       social activity and human interaction, key for fostering
                             access to a social support system, care,
                                                                                                              learning  and    development
                             protection,  and  education.
                                                                                                                   among children. Centres
                             Studies conducted across
                                                                                                                   located  in  remote  areas
                             India showed a spike in
                                                                                                                   o ered    a   range   of
                             learning  losses, especially
                                                                                                                   activities, including library
                             foundational learning skills ,
                                                                                                                   activities,  games,  and
                             due to prolonged school
                                                                                                                   teacher training, which
                             closures. In addition to
                                                                                                                   ensured the continuation
                             learning losses, the absence
                                                                                                                   of   education   despite
                             of regular schooling also
                                                                                                                   school closures, and also
                             left a lasting impact on the
                                                                                                                   helped    stem   further
                             health, nutrition, and overall
                                                                                                                   learning losses. With the
                             well-being of children, as
                                                                                                                   intensity of the pandemic
                             many of them had earlier
                                                                                                                  waning in terms of the
                             relied on school meals as a key source of daily nutrition.
                                                                                       severity  and  number  of  infections,  and  despite  a  third
                             Studies have also documented that education disruption
                                                                                       wave occurring in January 2022, state governments
                             significantly limited the ability of many parents to work
                                                                                       geared up to safely re-open schools across states, with
                             and increased the risk of violence against women and girls,
                                                                                       Anganwadis also re-opening in most states by the end of
                             in many cases resulting in a growing incidence of
                                                                                       this financial year. The Trusts’ teams extended support to
                             early marriages.
                                                                                       the re-opened schools and Anganwadis by focussing on
                                                                                       children’s attendance, regularity, tracking out-of-school
                             With no end to the pandemic in sight, the resumption
                                                                                       children, as well as supporting children to plug the gaps in
                             of in-person learning was delayed multiple times during
                                                                                       learning at schools and in communities.
                             FY 2021-22.
                             This further reinforced the Trusts’ Education portfolio’s
                             focus on addressing issues of equality and quality in       Azim Premji Foundation, 2021; The School Team, 2021

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