From: Rayees Masroor
The Covid19 pandemic not only poses a threat to human life across the world, but has had a tremendous impact on all spheres of life. “Working from home” is the new security word that has emerged more as a phenomenon since the pandemic and continues to be the most important concept for almost all spheres of life. Many large companies have chosen to let their employees and workers work from home due to the threat of Convid19 and all sectors, whether government or private, have been emphasizing security against the pandemic. Education too has gone through the same process and in a few years; so many changes are already taking place in terms of knowledge sharing or teaching-learning processes.
Students have also been unable to attend schools in person and the closure of educational institutions has posed a unique challenge for education authorities to maintain the teaching and learning process. Currently, as we know, the teaching and learning process is mostly based on technology because e-learning has become a necessity to ensure safety against the highly contagious virus. In J&K UT, authorities have also shifted to online teaching mode to reach students during the lockdown. This however was not an easy task as we are well aware that there is a huge digital divide and most students in public schools or even private schools do not have the electronic gadgets needed to receive an online education. To counter the challenge of the digital divide, the authorities of the valley have supplemented the e-learning process with the initiative of radio classes.
Education through electronic media is not new, but the response it has generated among students, parents and teachers has been remarkable. Director school Education, Kashmir has trained a very dedicated and willing group of radio and teleclass resource people who, with great dedication and commitment, have made this initiative a real success. After taking charge of DSEK, Dr. Tasaduq Hussain Mir further encouraged and enjoyed the teaching process through radio and television. In this endeavour, the Program Nodal Officer, Mr. Javid Hussain Kirmani, deserves appreciation for his unwavering efforts and willingness to keep the teaching and learning process flowing.
As part of this unique initiative, a special training program was recently organized for resource persons of SCERT radio classes in Kashmir, where media training and other necessary aspects of teaching through the media electronics were brought out by a top team of well-known media trainers. The program which took place from December 27 to 29 was designed in a beautiful way. The various philosophical and pedagogical aspects of teaching and learning through the media were discussed and noted by the distinguished speakers who interacted with the participants and encouraged them in the initiative.
In the training program, some eminent radio personalities highlighted all the necessary aspects of radio-based education and, through a series of examples, imparted the various technical aspects and other relevant skills to people. participating resources. The ideas shared with the participants were invaluable and gave them new energy to enter into the innovative teaching-learning method.
With the resurgence of Covid19 and the possible confinement in the middle of the third wave of the virus, it seems that the teaching-learning process is continuing once again through radio and television as well as zoom or video lessons. Youtube. It is said that with every challenge comes an opportunity and in this case, radio-based education not only provided an opportunity for resource persons/teachers to hone their teaching skills through electronic media, but also for authorities to create a highly competent Radio RP team. The introduction of such a company and the start of training programs on teaching through electronic media could also be a huge bonus for teachers and the student community. It is worth mentioning that the much-talked-about “New Education Policy 2020” also gives special importance to the online education system, and with the digital divide in society, radio and television could be d excellent teaching platforms.
The writer is a columnist and radio resource person. [email protected]