Class 8 girl from Attappadi turns 'teacher' to help children in neighborhood
Sholayur (Palakkad): Anamika, a class 8 student in Jawahar Navodaya School in Thiruvananthapuram, came home during the COVID lockdown. But her school did not reopen in June. Since her house in Anakkatti has no power connection, she could not attend online classes too. But she was not ready to give up.
A total of 14 children in the area including Anamika's younger sister Moulika, a class 5 student, had no power connection or mobile phones for attending online classes. When Anamika discussed this with her father Sudheer, a daily wage worker, and mother Saji, they suggested that all of them can study together.
Thus, Anamika became 'little teacher' for the younger children. The kids gathered in an old house near Anamika's house and named the class as 'Smart Class of my village'. Anamika has been learning German language as an additional subject in Navodaya school for two years. So, she helped other kids learn German, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English languages.
On knowing about her classes, teachers of various schools in Attappadi started visiting the Smart Class once in a while. When teachers are leading classes, Anamika also turns a student. Shyamala, a resident of Anakkatti, arrives once in a week to teach maths. Earlier, she was working as a guest lecturer in schools in Attappadi. Her son Shashwanth also joined the Smart Class after this.
As teachers of Navodaya school came to know about the difficulties faced by Anamika and friends, they gifted them a mobile phone. KSEB staff in the area also gave power connection to the Smart Class. Other volunteers delivered a television and the children are now able to learn via online.
When online class begins, Anamika asks her friends to revise the lessons and joins the class. All of them sit in front of the television as soon as the classes begins. Smart Class is active with learning, singing and other activities. For her sincere efforts, to help her friends in the village, Anamika was selected for this year's URF Youth Icon Award too.