It was 9 February 2009, that day we Kishan, Bappi, Harsh and me (Ratnadeep) went to Bijra. We had to wait for nearly an hour to get a bus to Bijra. We shared some funny moments during the wait. It was around 1:30 PM that we reached Bijra High School. The very first thing, we had a talk with Nizam Sir, the Head Master of Bijra High School. We came to know that it was then lunch going out there and we had to wait till 2:00 PM for the students to turn up. In the meantime, we spoke to some students at random and enquired of how far they have been taught, when was the last class taken, etc. Then we went out for a walk around the school and took some cool pastoral pics, thanks to Harsh for bringing his DigiKam.
It was 2:00 PM and finally the students turned up. We went to classroom of Std. V to take our first class. We introduced ourselves to them and started with the teaching part. We asked them what they know about computers, did they see any till date, did they use it? The response was mixed in nature. They said that once they were taken to the computer classroom and were taught to type in their names. Some students missed their visit to the computer room as they were absent. Then Bappi drew a basic computer diagram on the board showing the hardware parts of the computer. In the mean time, I tried to convey to the students that what role the computer does play in their life without them even realising it. Since they all knew about calculators and mobile phones, I started discussing that the devices they are using now had to be invented because of the ever increasing human need to do things in a better way and with a greater speed. I told them about the days, when we were of their age, when there were no mobile phones in the locality, limited PCOs in the area, and the time when people had to communicate via the postal service. But now, thanks to the telecommunication system, that we don’t solely rely on postal service for speaking to each other. I then mentioned the various fields where computer is in use. I then urged them not to take this computer as a burden, but to learn to use it to do their work in a better way, to make their education enjoyable.
After the brief introduction, we started asking them to identify the various parts of a computer drawn on the black board. They were a bit hesitant in the beginning. Then I announced that anyone answers or asks a question will get a chocolate. The environment changed dramatically. There were some bright students in the class and very enthusiastic. They were able to identify the parts of the computer and described their functionality. Then I found that they have got a chapter on Computer in their Bengali Text Book. An there is a smart boy named Debmalya Das who even knew/read about RAM/ROM and explained their functions. But most of the students were having trouble in understanding the Keyboard and the Mouse. Bappi did a great job in making them understand. Bappi took the example of the mobile and its number pad and related this to the keyboard. He also nicely explained the concept of a mouse and the icons and how to select them. Then we explained the term “Computer = Compute + er” and related this to “Sangeetkaar = Sangeet + Kaar”. They got this example very well and understood that a computer is a device that computes or calculates. Except a few girls, others were not that interested. We tried to inspire them, but we are still to see their response in the next class.
Finally it was around 3:30 PM that we wrapped up the class. The students were urging us to continue taking the class. But alsa! we had to leave. Then they asked, when we would come next. We said that we’ll be back the next week and bade Goodbye and left. Some students came rushing to touch our feet. We all were dumbstruck at this. I, Kishan and Harsh some how managed to escape, but Bappi was caught right in the middle surrounded by students. What a scene? Then we bade goodbye to Nizam Sir and took off. But alas! We missed the 3:30 PM bus. We had to wait for an hour in the lonely Bijra road till we got a bus.
It was a great experience at Bijra, with the students of Bijra HHigh School.
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