Most children in the Agraharam street of Tharanallur in Trichy spend their evenings playing till late in the day. They are left with no option as their parents, most of them daily wage labourers, return late at night. This meant that they are also unable to focus on what their children have learned at school. As this has been adversely affecting the learning process of children, S Siva Kumar, 61, a retired college principal in the nearby locality, decided to find a solution.
After consultations with Alangavilas S S Memorial School in Tharanallur, a government aided school where most of the students in the area study, he has come up with a “child learning centre” which will be inaugurated on Tuesday. The centre plans to take up academic revision and homework for a couple of hours for the children in the evening. Besides, they will also be taught moral values, said Siva Kumar.
A house in the locality has been converted into the centre which will accommodate about 30 children. Some of the parents have taken the responsibility of maintaining the centre. While volunteers will be roped in to handle classes, headmistress of Alangavilas S S Memorial School K P Udayarani said the school will give academic support to the centre.
“It was during a random home visit that we found that many of the parents are unable to spend time with their children which indeed affected their academic performance. Siva Kumar discussed the idea of a learning centre with us and we accepted it as it would help the children,” said Udayarani. “Whatever is taught in school may not be adequate if they don’t revise the subject after returning home. This doesn’t mean that they need to compromise on their playing time but devoting a couple of hours is indeed important,” she said.
“Parents of these children cannot afford tuition as they consider sending them to school itself a big challenge. We decided to take up the responsibility and will make arrangement for a space within the locality for the purpose,” said Siva Kumar. While the service will be free of cost, we are thinking about charging a nominal fee for the maintenance, added Siva Kumar.