Initiatives by a 70-member group on whatsapp have resulted into a smart class setup at a government-run middle school at Udumalpet village in Coimbatore.
The initiative aims to provide smart education to the students of government schools and nurture them holistically.
Head of a local school and member of Whatsapp group – Nattamai Theerpa Mathu Vallimayil V had suggested the Vanjamadai Panchayat Union Middle School to the group. “After I suggested to the members of the group about setting up a smart classroom in the government school, a couple of them from Chennai visited the school last month. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of the teachers, we decided to set up a smart classroom here,” said Vallimayil.
However, the members found the classroom, constructed decades ago, in shambles. “The floor had sunk and the walls had cracks. We revamped the entire classroom and installed a 55-inch TV screen with internet connection,” Vallimayil added.
“While most government higher secondary schools have smart classrooms, middle schools lack such a facility,” she said.
The smart classroom will give about 120 students of the school access to audio-visual learning, Vallimayil said. “When students in private schools have access to such modern infrastructure, why should students of government schools lag behind?”