Corona and Kashi Mandir School in India
It is clear that the wordwide corona pandemic influences public life in India enormously, as it does the work of Kashi Mandir School. Since the beginning of this crisis India is in full lock-down. Nobody is allowed to go into the streets, only for buying food. But that is a problem at the same time: banks are close and atm’s are out of service, so only food can be obtained on credit.
It means too that the school cannot finish the yearly examinations. Teacher s cannot be payed their salaries, they have to be satisfied with the promise of future paying. It is very uncertain if it will be possible to shut down the schoolyear properly, because the summer holidays are in May and June already. It will only be possible to prepare the coming school season which starts on July 1.
The families who migrated for work to he cities last year, because of the persistent lack of rain, have returned with their children to the village. In Khajuraho village they live with their families again but everyone suffers from the lack of income. There is some foodsupply from the government fortunately for the poorest.
In Khajuraho town the tourist industry has collapsed totally: hotels and restaurants, shops and travel agencies are closed, which means very few income for almost everybody.
What the impact of all this will be for the school: it is hard to say yet, but it is very clear now already that the influence wiil be great.