SRINAGAR, Apr 1: In times of emergencies, the minds of people are compelled to think over and above normal.
Abid Sofi, an 11th standard student hailing from Sopore felt disturbed with the consequences of social isolation mandatory for fighting spread of COVID-19.
He was especially moved by the plight of students who are confined to four walls of their homes, with no option for formal schooling or recreation.
Sofi, worked on an online programme for students, developing a website “Blooming Dales” for students of grade 2 upto 10th standard. Using this website, Sofi tried to reach out to the students of this group with lessons and other study material which they can benefit from while sitting in their homes.
“I thought much damage has been caused to students in Kashmir. First it was the law and order situation coupled with the enforced holidays arising out of decisions taken on August 5, 2019. Now this Pandemic,” Sofi told Kashmir Despatch, while informing about his website.
He says that the spread of Coronavirus impacted him significantly which resulted into development of his website exclusively for students, whose movement has got restricted due to the pandemic.
“The online classes have been planned in such a way to ensure that the students of Kashmir from Class 2nd to 10th don’t miss out their academic session. My only aim was that outr students who have suffered immensely on account of their studies should not suffer more because of the government imposed lockdown,” Sofi told Kashmir Despatch.
He said that around 10 teachers have registered themselves with his website offering their services to the students free of cost. “The idea behind “Blooming Dales” was to minimize the student gathering and ensure their safety through social isolation while they don’t suffer any academic losses in this situation,” he told Kashmir Despatch.