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Now a modified nursery rhyme helps school students learn social distancing in Goa


Even as society struggles with the calls for of and the necessity to keep social distancing, a modified nursery rhyme set to the tune of the favored ‘Ringa-Ringa-Roses’ helps younger students in colleges to grasp the necessity and the significance of social etiquette and the necessity to keep social distancing.

The nursery rhyme that has been taught to almost 50,000 students throughout the state who’re then anticipated to assist educate their mother and father in addition to the neighborhood incorporates the necessity to keep at the very least two ft distance from others (two arms size), the right way to sneeze into one’s sleeve moderately than palms and wash their arms accurately.

As the nation fights a pandemic to curb the coronavirus, docs and healthcare staff on the frontline are on a mission risking their lives to create consciousness particularly at rural stage so that individuals perceive the gravity of the state of affairs and are higher conscious to sort out this pandemic.

A brainchild of father-daughter duo Dr Jorson Fernandes and his daughter Jolene Fernandes, the nursery rhyme has confirmed to be essential now that the Goa authorities has begun to reopen colleges in a phased method.

As a part of the ‘actions’ that go together with the rhyme, kids have been taught to carry their arms aside and spin round to make sure that nobody is inside touching distance whereas additionally being taught to sneeze into their sleeves as a substitute of brazenly or into their palms in order to assist inculcate the behavior.

“During the lockdown, we observed that if we were to successfully tackle the virus the behavior pattern would need to change. In order to bring about a behavior change and to make citizens not merely responsible but also ‘responsive’ towards the fight against Covid-19, we designed a program to educate teachers on the right measures to prevent the infection, in state schools,” Dr Fernandes informed HT.

Dr Fernandes visited colleges handing out the instruction materials in addition to coaching the academics who would then train their students and who have been then inspired to show these at house on how the virus may very well be prevented by easy steps like handwashing, carrying face masks accurately and following social distancing. The programme has been working for the final six months and goals to achieve one and a half lakh individuals.

Dr Fernandes who’s a member of the Rotary Club designed a complete programme referred to as the Covid Awareness Programme that included not simply nursery rhymes but in addition demos on the right means for handwashing, the right way to put on a face masks accurately, by the notice movies.

The programme introduced collectively numerous colleges and began educating them through 1hour-long classes round social distancing, handwashing strategies, use of hand sanitizer and use of masks, gloves and PPE kits – by consciousness movies.

In the span of final three to 4 months, they’ve lined over 500 academics and fogeys from 25 colleges in 7 districts on educating them in regards to the Dos and Don’ts for Covid-19 prevention. Their goal is to scale up and attain out to 5000 academics throughout Goa and about 150,000 students + mother and father and neighborhood members.

The Government of Goa has now determined to undertake the CAP challenge, inviting this father-daughter duo to copy this module in the whole of Goa, and requested for help in devising a plan to renew classroom schooling for kids in the state.

Besides colleges the programme has additionally reached industrial models, church buildings and personal workplaces who’re keen to make sure that their employees obtain the coaching and correct understanding on how the virus spreads and the way finest it may be curbed.

Classes in Goa have resumed with kids now being allowed to attend school for students of Std X and XII albeit with enough social distancing measures. A choice on permitting different lessons shall be taken later.

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