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« on: June 15, 2015, 03:12:56 PM »
For these children, Sunday is a working day!

Every Sunday, five boys studying at the Government High School in Asthinapuram take to teaching computers to other children in their community. Photos: D. Gopalakrishnan

Sessions conducted by students aim to make all the children in their villages computer savvy

Through the week, G. Bharathkumar, S. Akash, M. Abuthagir, D. Arunkumar and M. Balaji are just like most other students at the Government High School in Asthinapuram – studying, rushing to complete their homework and cracking examinations.

But come Sunday, they turn teachers as children in their respective villages promptly come looking for them – for in these villages near Guduvanchery, “Sunday is a working day”, and the job at hand is to make all the children in the village computer savvy.

The five boys were finalists at the 2015 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards in the group category for teaching computers to children in their community.

Every Sunday, their modest houses and the temple at Kandigai village where Arunkumar and Bharathkumar live turn into little hubs where children studying in classes as low as third standard get access to laptops.




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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2015, 03:13:57 PM »
“We learnt computers at school, with help from our teacher S. Chitra and also attended a summer camp at Sathyabama University,” said Bharathkumar. “We thought we should spread the knowledge back home as well. And, that’s how the idea came about.”





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 At Kandigai village, Arunkumar and Bharathumar’s laptop is a shared resource. One Sunday afternoon as the screen came to life, the children huddled around the laptop in Arun’s one-room dwelling. For class III student V. Ramya, typing her name on screen was one of the most exciting parts. “We don’t want these sessions to end,” said G. Vijaylakshmi a class VII student, adding that she first got to use a computer at her school some years back.

The two boys, who study in class IX, got the laptops with help from another teacher S. Umamaheshwari who mobilised small amounts of money from various sources. Arun once got to show his curriculum- related digitisation work to former President Abdul Kalam, they said.

“Where we do not have our own laptops, we try and source people willing to lend the free laptops given by the government for the sessions,” said Balaji, a class IX student who lives in Pandoor, a nearby village.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2015, 03:16:51 PM »
Trip to Delhi

 For most of the boys, the trip to New Delhi to receive the award was their first journey beyond Tamil Nadu. “It was like a foreign city,” said Bharathkumar, still full of wonder. He wasted no time in documenting his first visit to the capital city and collated photographs and made a presentation while on the train back home.


For Akash, seeing the NCERT building was the most memorable part of their trip other than visiting the Qutub Minar and Taj Mahal.

Ms. Chitra said that being able to use a computer is an essential skill and gives them confidence and exposure to the world outside. “Children are innately creative and always find their own solutions to the problems”. Once they are engaged, she said, they yearn for more and learn more in the process.

For now, the students had a big examination to conquer the next day – Mathematics!
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