The pandemic has witnessed the most stringent home arrest in the history of mankind. But what is important here is that the education system sees a new opening. Education upgrades human knowledge and is an important transforming factor.And now it is taking the digital platform where it will witness a new kind of industrial setup. Although, I feel that I must refrain from calling education as an industry but the fact of the matter is that it has now turned into a very important sector and we witness the corporate style of management taking over the educational setups.Well, that is not my point of discussion today. What I wish to highlight is that the education sector would see a huge inflow of money for digital setup, preparation of course contents, training and upgrading the teachers, and critical setups such as examination and others.While we find that the number of students who can fit in an online class is much more than those who could be accommodated in the physical classrooms. The feedback would be instant which means that the teachers have to be on their toes to deliver the quality contents satisfactorily.Furthermore, the pressure on the students to shift to big cities and spend on rent and other expenses is likely to see a good decline. There will be an escape from peer pressure and the pollution apart from having an exposure to the digital resources with academic and valuable life skill contents.Of course, I find that there shall be no rainy-day breaks but it would also mean that there should be a break from rote learning. Let us hope to see the change in teaching pedagogy, to have redrafted curriculum, modified assessment models to test the understanding and applications of the knowledge and subject. Let us also assume to move ahead from literacy campaigns and focus on inducing moral values among the students, and to make them more empathetic human beings.The online education system would obviously give the hands-on to the students living in the digital era but using this platform to impart technical skills is necessary yet challenging due to lack of practical exposure.Keeping in sight the National Educational Policy, we are bound to see new protocols and reforms in academics. This very well calls for the very fact that nothing else in the world is constant and necessary but change. Having said so, it is crucial to understand that complaints and agonies would not help. The only respite is possible to adopt and adapt to the changing environment.Yes, the world is never going to be what it used to be in yesteryears and even what it was at the beginning of this year. So, we need to be speculative and resilient. When Darwin advocated the theory of survival of the fittest, he meant to say that one who adapts with the change actually survives. Rest becomes history.The same goes true with the lockdown scenario where the online mode of education became inevitable and now virtually has transformed as a mandate. The digital model of education is in a very nascent stage in India and we still are struggling to have an interactive curriculum. We are trying to ease the use of technology both for the teachers as well as the students. At the same time, we have to take care of the stress on mind and eyes that the child is likely to suffer from.Most of the times they are online either studying or playing games. This all is going to be challenging as it pushes them to boredom due to stringent study schedule. All studies and no plays, all the time on the digital gadget but no engagements with others, is exposing them to psychological issues.So, what is the solution?The schools have to plan and teach interactively and give co-curricular assignments. This would make them come out of the fixed schedule and impose disciplined learning too.The same holds true for the teachers who need to adapt to the new teaching methodology. At times, some of them are found adjusting their camera and whiteboard to teach while some are learning to share the slides and teach. Even the parents are seen to use the internet to learn and explore contents and tutorials for their hobbies.Learning is seeing a new shift and that is having only the front gears. No other option than to focus and adapt to the new paradigm at the earliest. We need to survive to excel, isn’t it!
Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) celebrated National Homeownership Month at Putney resident Dennis Miller’s new home at Locust Hill Mobile Home Park Tuesday. Miller is the first homeowner to purchase an energy efficient modular home through USDA Rural Development’s Energy Efficient Manufactured Home Pilot Program.“Manufactured homes have long offered an affordable housing option for many Vermonters, however older manufactured homes often have high maintenance and operational costs,” said Ted Brady, USDA Rural Development Vermont and New Hampshire State Director. “The energy cost savings of new manufactured and modular homes, combined with USDA’s long-term, low-rate, no-down-payment mortgages, offer existing and potential manufactured housing park residents new financing opportunities.”Miller, a Putney resident employed by the Putney School, purchased a Vermont-made Net Zero Energy Capable VERMOD and placed it in the Locust Hill Mobile Home Park owned by Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. Miller’s purchase, coordinated by Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, was completed with financial support from Champlain Housing Trust, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Efficiency Vermont and USDA Rural Development.USDA Rural Development’s Energy Efficient Manufactured Home Pilot Program allows low income homebuyers to purchase a high-performance modular or manufactured home in a manufactured home park using a 30 to 33-year mortgage at 3 percent. Very low income homebuyers may be eligible for an interest subsidy down to 1 percent. Brady noted that park tenants seeking a mortgage to purchase a new home and site it on a leased manufactured park lot traditionally face short-term, high-interest mortgages.Two models of high-performance homes have been approved for purchase through the pilot program, the Better Homes AHEAD Manufactured Home and the VERMOD modular home. Homeowners in Rural Development-approved parks are eligible for participation in the program. More information on Rural Development’s Energy Efficient Manufactured Home Pilot Program can be found on the Rural Development website or by contacting Jill Chapman at (802) 828-6022 or by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail).Rural Development and Windham & Windsor Housing Trust celebrated Miller’s new home and Homeownership Month during a service project in the Locust Hill Mobile Home Park. Park residents and community members joined staff in cleaning the park and in planting a community garden.The Windham & Windsor Housing Trust has been strengthening the communities of Southeast Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable housing and through ongoing support and advocacy for its residents since 1987. WWHT now provides 707 affordable apartments throughout Windham and Windsor counties, coaching to families to help them prepare for and navigate the home buying process, and direct loans to homeowners for repairs, energy upgrades and accessibility improvements. For more information, visit our website at www.w-wht.orgor(link is external) call us at 802-254-4604.USDA, through its RD mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of $213 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas. For more information on Rural Development visit the Vermont Rural Development website (www.rd.usda.gov/vt (link is external)) or contact USDA RD at (802) 828-6000.PUTNEY, VT. (June 21, 2016)- The U.S. Department of Agriculture