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Way2k 5 Oct 2012
Online class from US poor kids

It’s a typical 6 X 6 classroom of a village school, dimly lit and dusty, with furniture crying for repairs. But, what catches one’s attention is a big TV monitor, a wireless microphone enabling web conferencing and internet connectivity. At 7 am, students of Shri Krishna Vidya Mandir in Gujarat’s Ajab village jostle for space in this room keenly waiting for Chiman Delwadia who is about to log on from Birmingham in Alabama, US.

Online class from US poor kids

As soon as Delwadia appears on the TV monitor, students throw a volley of maths problems at him. He patiently takes them and starts solving the problems. The class continues for 90 minutes where students of classes VII, VIII and IX learn mathematics with fun. They have also started conversing in English. The tri-weekly online classes have ensured that a subject most dreaded by students has become a favourite of nearly 36 children in this obscure village. Delwadia, 58 year, born and brought up in Ajab, migrated to the US in 1978 and works as a system engineer for Southern Company Services, a utility company of four southern states in the US.

“Whenever I came to Ajab, I was pained to see that education in government schools was so pathetic and poor children can’t afford to go to private schools. So, we decided to come up with free online interactive classes,” Delwadia told TOI from the US. He was joined in this initiative by two Alabama-settled women Kalyani Jani, a research associate and native of Gondal, and Tara Roy, a medical technologist who specially learned Gujarati to interact with the students. “Children are learning a lot and are very dedicated,” says Jani. Savan Nishu, who recently took class X exams, said, “I don’t fear maths anymore. I expect to get at least 80 marks, thanks to these online classes.”

Courtesy: Times of India

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