In Photos | Buds of Budgam in ‘Summit’ School

Open air classrooms in Central Kashmir’s Budgam heights are keeping literary engagement active as droves of schools kids daily travel miles to attend highland lectures. 

By Abid Bhat

They come in battalions crossing brooks and boroughs as a matter of religious routine. But ascending the highland where their teachers await their arrival with chalk and blackboard is not the walk in the park for these bag-burdened young-shoulders.

While their hard-up background makes online classes a distant idea for them, these children keep the good-old—full of slog and sweat—schooling alive and kicking in the valley today.

Despite thaw in second viral wave, teachers of these open-air classrooms are following the proper protocol. Both tutor and taught stand masked and maintain a suitable distance.

“Life is hard for these kids here,” one of the teachers said. “But they’re experiencing some real classroom engagement unlike those taught through screens.”


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