Focusing on Education, Despite Challenges
Schools are offering online classes during the lockdown, and girls at AVANI’s children’s home have different levels of comfort with learning on a computer. The older girls help the younger girls navigate the technology and focus on their schoolwork. The girls are encouraged to ask questions and express their feelings about the transition to online learning. AVANI estimates that about 65% of the children have adapted well, while 35% still struggle to focus.
To remedy this, AVANI offers education activities outside of online school sessions that engage all learning styles, like cutting letters from paper and using them to spell works, word puzzles, and oral storytelling. Girls show signs of improvement, and AVANI staff continue to add creative, engaging activities to the curriculum.
Zumba and Yoga have also been improving girls’ focus on their studies. A volunteer Zumba and yoga instructor now comes to AVANI twice per month. The highly anticipated exercise classes are filled with joy and excitement every time.