Hyderabad: After schools shifting their entire academic activities online due to the Covid pandemic, it seems like children too will have to seek enjoyment online during their summer holidays this year.
As the State government announced schools to be closed amidst the rapid rise in Covid cases, several parents started looking for online vocational learning to ensure their children are engaged in some activity.
As a result of the Covid pandemic, vocational courses including vedic maths, dance, crafts, singing, Art of Living, meditation and even yoga are being conducted online nowadays.
Madhuri Sanghi, who launched Treasure Kids, a platform that connects children to various online classes, says that many parents have thanked her for engaging their kids in productive activities.
“We have many activities on the platform, and the kids can choose what they wish to learn from the list. The teachers who conduct the classes are also well-trained. Several kids started enrolling for classes soon after the schools were closed,” she says. A mother herself, Madhuri adds that since parents are scared of sending their kids to play outside, online learning seems to be a safer way of keeping them busy.
The kids, who haven’t been able to go out much this past one year, are also happy to be doing something new each day. Krishang Bhutada, a six-year-old, who loves art and crafts, shares his experience.
“During these classes, I have learnt to make the family tree, bird house and many other interesting activities. We are also learning to make a Ganesha out of vegetables and I love doing such things.”
However, online learning comes with its own difficulties. Deepshikha Thapar, who conducts the Art Of Living classes for kids and teenagers, says “All the students in my class are very enthusiastic about what I teach them. I try to engage them in activities more than just listening to me. However, with teenagers it gets a little difficult as they are easily distracted. Unlike physical class, you can’t actually see if they are checking phone or playing on it. Apart from that online learning is as much fun as offline”.
With the new Covid wave pushing people indoors, seems like online learning is what parents will have to rely on, at least for the next few months.