Coronavirus, Lockdown, and Experiencesby Karishma SrivastavaAs the first wave began to fade out, the Uttar Pradesh government started to prepare for the reopening of schools from March 1st, 2021. We also conducted Let’s Start Art sessions in a few mohalla classes to reconnect and interact with children before the schools officially opened. In the month of February 2021, our art instructors Ajay, Anjali, and Neelam conducted 14 art sessions in 8 Government Primary Schools of Varanasi with around 113 students.
I added Love to my Color Paletteby Neelam Gupta
I also realized that when we fail, we tend to give up immediately. However, that shouldn't be the approach. I have often noticed that many children who, initially, get disheartened in the first few drawings, draw enthusiastically and, often, beautifully when they persist.
Drawing copy of Nandini from Govt. Primary School, Nagwaby Sneha Roy
Nandini is a student of 5th standard at Govt. Primary School, Nagwa in Varanasi. 95% of students like Nandini are enrolled in Govt. Primary Schools. According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2014 published by Pratham NGO, the overall picture of basic reading is sick. In 2014, only a quarter in standard III, only a half in standard V and around 75% in standard VIII, of all children respectively can read a standard II text accurately.