Kozhikode: Along with other valuable properties, thousands of notebooks of students were washed away by the water current. Though the government can distribute new textbooks, the notes of three-month classes were irrecoverable.
But a team of five youth in Malabar under an NGO come up with an idea; invite people to write the notebooks for students by the time of school reopening. Now, after six days of work, there are more than 6,000 notebooks ready for flood-hit students.
"The response was tremendous. Youth and homemakers came forward to copy the notes. We sent them notes online. Many of them approached students in their vicinity and copied notes," said K. Mohammed Binshad, the project coordinator of Team Incubation, the Kozhikode-based NGO working in the educational field.
"We had asked to write notes of class V to X that of Kerala syllabus. As the syllabus is common across the state, the notes cannot be far off the syllabus. Moreover, the examination question paper also is common," says A.R. Nabeel Mohammed A.R, another team member.
The team got maximum notes from Palakkad district. Youngsters throng their schools under NSS, alumni associations, nature clubs etc. to write notes.
Village libraries were another point where people gathered for writing. Besides, the handwritten notebooks, the team also received 12,000 blank notebooks, pen and pencils to be distributed.
"The distribution has begun in Alappuzha through district educational officer concerned. In Wayanad, the notebooks will be delivered Wednesday at the collectorate," Mr Binshad said.
"I cannot physically do anything for the flood-hit people. But this idea was brilliant, and I copied as many notes as I can and despatched" said C. Kalyanikutty, a retired teacher at Perambra