Photos | International Literacy Day: Educating first generation learners

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools in West Bengal haven’t reopened and students primarily depend on virtual learning and online education. But underprivileged students who cannot afford mobile phones with high speed internet struggle to follow the online system. Slowly, few NGOs have started organizing special classes where teachers engage in community based education and conventional, effective direct learning while maintaining Covid-19 safety protocols. On International Literacy Day, a look at these NGOs from West Bengal who are helping first generation learners mostly from underprivileged  families. 

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Children, mostly first generation learners, attend the thrice a week special class organised by NGO Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4. Due to the ongoing pandemic, schools in West Bengal haven’t reopened yet and students primarily depend on virtual learning and online education.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Children, mostly first generation learners, attend the thrice a week special class organised by NGO Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4. Due to the ongoing pandemic, schools in West Bengal haven’t reopened yet and students primarily depend on virtual learning and online education.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Children arrive to attend the thrice a week special class organised by NGO Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4. NGO Towards Future started these special classes to help underprivileged children belonging to families of socio-economic background like daily wage workers, masons, auto drivers, bus conductors, security guards and hawkers.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Children arrive to attend the thrice a week special class organised by NGO Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4. NGO Towards Future started these special classes to help underprivileged children belonging to families of socio-economic background like daily wage workers, masons, auto drivers, bus conductors, security guards and hawkers.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Children a special class under Nabadisha project, a joint initiative by Kolkata Police and Vikramshila Education Research Society, at Dhakuria in Kolkata, West Bengal, on September 7. In another initiative by Kolkata Police and NGO Vikramshila Education Research Society, special classes are organised to pre-primary & primary students.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Children a special class under Nabadisha project, a joint initiative by Kolkata Police and Vikramshila Education Research Society, at Dhakuria in Kolkata, West Bengal, on September 7. In another initiative by Kolkata Police and NGO Vikramshila Education Research Society, special classes are organised to pre-primary & primary students.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Children attend a special class organised by NGO Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Children attend a special class organised by NGO Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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A child poses with his notebook during a special class organised by Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4. Students attending these special classes are in the 3-12 years age group.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

A child poses with his notebook during a special class organised by Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4. Students attending these special classes are in the 3-12 years age group.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Children attend the thrice a week special class under the Nabadisha project, at Dhakuria in Kolkata, on September 7. Around 64 children enrolled for these special classes and around 52 are now attending.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Children attend the thrice a week special class under the Nabadisha project, at Dhakuria in Kolkata, on September 7. Around 64 children enrolled for these special classes and around 52 are now attending.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Children attend the thrice a week special class under the Nabadisha project, at Dhakuria in Kolkata, on September 7. Each batch consists of around 12 students and lasts for approximately three hours.(Samir jana / HT Photo)

Children attend the thrice a week special class under the Nabadisha project, at Dhakuria in Kolkata, on September 7. Each batch consists of around 12 students and lasts for approximately three hours.(Samir jana / HT Photo)

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A child carries a blackboard while returning home after the special class organised by Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

A child carries a blackboard while returning home after the special class organised by Towards Future, at a temporary market place in Kashinathpur Bazar, Rajarhat, West Bengal, on September 4.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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