One boy’s fight to save the ‘soul of India’ from Covid-19 through digital platform | #students | #parents

Since April, when the lockdown was in progress and millions of migrants rushed to their home states, Lakshya Subodh, a student of class 11, decided to step in a small way to help rural women combat Covid-19 in the villages.

With migrants reaching their villages, the chances of the spread of Covid-19 was at its peak. This is when he came up with his ‘Covid Curriculum’ to impart knowledge to rural womenfolk and youth to who would then educate others on the dos and don’ts of the virus.

Speaking to India Today TV, he said his main concern while developing the curriculum was to educate them about Covid-19 in a fun and engaging manner. He has so far, along with a few others, reached some 5000 women and youth and held many video sessions.

While talking about his main worry, he said when big cities themselves are struggling, how can we expect the smaller cities to fend for themselves during these trying times?

Covid-19 education programme

Lakshya has designed various education modules varying from identifying symptoms of Covid-19, how does it spread, and even to practice proper hygiene at home. But sitting in Bengaluru and teaching rural folk does have one big disadvantage, and that is the language barrier.

Lakshya has overcome this with volunteers who are present in those classes who translate what he teaches to the local language. Apart from that, he also uses animations and videos that are language-neutral according to him.

He was inspired by cartoons and non-dialogue comedies where people still laugh and get entertained. “Since there is a language barrier, a lot of them do not know how to communicate with us. So we use animations, videos in such a manner that it does not need to be conveyed through audio,” he added.

His next step is to partner with NGOs to take this to many regions and states across the nation. But he believes, it is the youth who will and must play an active role.

“I believe the youth should be a part of the solution, it should be a youth-driven movement, youth should take this curriculum forward and implement this in rural hotspots so that rural areas are safe from covid-19,” he tells India Today TV.

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