These are unprecedented times. Almost the entire world is in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has brought the world to a standstill, impacting education systems adversely. Globally 1.2 billion students are out of classrooms. The conventional mode of education is not possible in the current scenario owing to social distancing and isolation required to break the chain and contain the virus. Teachers and Educators are looking for alternative methods to ensure that every student gets an opportunity to study. With teachers working day and night to ensure this, our students are also working equally hard.
Gulshan Kumar, a student of class 7th in our Capgemini India adopted school in Bengaluru is one such child. Since childhood, his dream was to purchase a computer but due to financial constraints his parents were unable to fulfil his desire. In a competition on Science Innovative model, Gulshan won a Raspberry Pi Kit under our Capgemini School Adoption Program for his model on the concept of Water Level Indicator. Enthused by his child’s scientific bent of mind, Gulshan’s father purchased a mouse and keyboard, which Gulshan connected to the TV in their house. During the lockdown, he learnt the use of animation, scratch programming and coding. Additionally, Gulshan took upon himself the responsibility to teach his parents the basic operations of a computer. It is the resilience of children like Gulshan that shows us how we can learn different things from each other, no matter the age.
The constraints may delay but cannot restrict the knowledge that we seek.