Monday, 21 September 2020

Children, who have missed their online classes due to a lack of internet facilities, sit on the ground in circles drawn with chalk to maintain a safe distance, as they listen to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers, after schools were closed following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dandwal village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, July 23, 2020. On an overcast morning in Dandwal village in western India, a group of school children sit on a huge plastic sheet for their first class in months. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande

Children, who have missed their online classes due to a lack of internet facilities, maintain a safe distance as they listen to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers, after schools were closed following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dandwal village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, July 28, 2020. Schools in India have been shut for over four months. Children in cities have been able to continue classes online. But in places like Dandwal, a poor farming village amid the hills in the western Maharashtra state, even the phone network and electricity are infrequent and the Internet is not an option. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande

Children, who have missed their online classes due to a lack of internet facilities, sit on the ground in circles drawn with chalk to maintain a safe distance, as they listen to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers, after schools were closed following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dandwal village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, July 23, 2020. Under the initiative called 'Bolki Shaala' - which in the local Marathi language means 'Spoken School' - an Indian nonprofit has started taking pre-recorded lessons to students in rural areas who havn't been able to go to school for months due to coronavirus lockdowns.. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande

The belongings of a child lie on the ground within a circle drawn with chalk to maintain safe distance, before the start of a class to be held with pre-recorded lessons, after schools were closed following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dandwal village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande

A girl, who has missed her online classes due to a lack of internet facilities, sits on the ground in a circle drawn with chalk to maintain safe distance as she listens to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers, after schools were closed following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dandwal village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande

Children, who have missed their online classes due to a lack of internet facilities, sit on the ground in circles drawn with chalk to maintain safe distance as they listen to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers, after schools were closed following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dandwal village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande