As the COVID-19 pandemic turned our lives upside down, daily life became a terrible reality, and life’s rhythm changed. For school children in Kashmir, it became the latest challenge in an already difficult situation. After being stuck at home for much of 2019, the over 10-month long shutdown became a new ordeal. But we at DPS Budgam could not fail our children. The resilience of our children and this latest adversity inspired creative ways to keep our students engaged in the learning process.
As the School settled into the routine of online classes, video lectures, study materials, and interactive sessions to strengthen academics, we remained mindful of the importance of non-academic activities to help children overcome the strains and stresses of being away from school since 2019. Co-curricular and extracurricular activities create a sense of camaraderie despite being physically distanced. Such activities provide a semblance of normalcy. The School looked into possibilities in this time of great adversity. The popularity of co-curricular and extracurricular activities remained constant even during the pandemic despite the many challenges of migrating to an online classroom setting.
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