In the previous yr, academics, principals and directors from the Delhi government’s education department taught themselves to show on-line, run Covid testing and meals distribution centres, administer the motion of migrants out of the capital, and in addition cope with the loss of colleagues to the virus. Among those that had acquired the State Teachers Awards from the authorities on Friday had been four who had been recognised for their efforts in the face of the pandemic.
Usha Gupta, SKV, Hari Nagar
A science trainer for courses VI to X, Gupta needed to undergo a completely new studying journey final yr, after 28 years of educating, to interact her college students. “ Since I’m not very tech-savvy, I had to ask my children — both in their 20s — to teach me how to use PowerPoint better and make videos; I started making and sending videos to my students every day,” she mentioned.
Her college students had been receiving worksheets from the department however it’s her home-made movies that saved them engaged. For occasion, to show college students about acids and bases, she used some litmus paper she occurred to have in her purse and made movies of experiments on it with kitchen gadgets like turmeric, curd, lemon and cleaning soap. “I also watched YouTube videos and learnt to make puppets with paper, so I could make videos with one puppet asking a question and the other answering. It kept students motivated… some even made their own videos and sent them to me,” she mentioned.
GBSSS No. 1, JJ Colony, Bawana
“From March 31 to today, I have not had a single holiday. Even before I went to get my award, I held meetings with ASHA workers at four dispensaries to mobilise people to take the vaccine,” mentioned Kumar, a science trainer. He has been an energetic half of relief and Covid-related measures and in addition grew to become in cost of many of these actions in the Narela sub-division as he’s an area, has a car and confirmed initiative.
“I’ve been part of activities such as testing of migrants before their travel to their states, setting up containment zones, conducting door-to-door surveys… Currently, I’m working to mobilise more people to take the vaccine by doing counselling and speaking to influential people in localities,” he mentioned. His college students name from time to time in search of assist. “There is little time, but I ask them to call me after 9 pm so we can discuss doubts,” he mentioned.
Krapa Shankar Upadhyay, DDE, East District
As deputy director of education of a district bordering UP, Upadhyay mentioned the first few months of the lockdown — when there was a large-scale motion of migrants at the border — had been a time of immense strain. “We had experienced more flux than any other district. All 114 schools were taken over to address the issue. They functioned as food distribution centres and night shelters… we worked from morning to midnight and it was a herculean task,” he mentioned.
As the whole education department in the district educated their efforts on this route, Upadhyay additionally felt the must inspire and cheer them up. “We lost four of our colleagues — two heads of schools, a teacher and a sanitation worker. Many others got Covid,” he mentioned.
Satish Khanna, HOS of SBV No. 1, Jheel Khuranja
In the final yr, Khanna’s school doubled up as a centre for distributing cooked meals twice a day, a screening centre for migrants leaving the state, a Covid testing centre, an lodging facility for first CRPF after which BSF jawans. It reverted to being a school when class X and XII college students returned in January. “Every task was very challenging and had to be done diligently… One evening, we got a call saying a room in the school has to be set up as a Covid testing centre. We completed that by midnight. But the team which arrived the next morning had different requirements; the centre required 6-7 rooms and we adapted to that. Everything was a team effort with all the teachers,” he mentioned.