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Chandel: This Christmas season, at least 25 children of workers employed in the border regions in Manipur’s Chandel district are receiving the best-ever gift. They are being introduced to education under the Wisecrabs ‘Teaching Project Class’.

Wisecrabs, a non-profit organisation based in Chandel district, initiated the project and provides free classes to these children thrice a week.

“We came know that a group of children near Modi village, Army cantonment, are helplessly stuck in a situation where basic education was not available. That’s when, in our modest capacity and capabilities, we decided to teach these children,” said TS Mhanthung Anal, founder and president of Wisecrabs.

“Basically, they are stuck in a limbo kind of situation. They are mostly Adivasis and people of Nepali origin, and hailing from Senapati area. However, their parents are posted here for an indefinite period. And these children have no access to education,” said Earlis Dilbung, vice-president of Wisecrabs.

As part of the project, the children are taught basic mathematics and English in an open air classroom by at least 10 young volunteers who hail from diverse professions. The volunteers belong to different professions: a veterinarian doctor, music teacher and college students, apart from Wisecrabs executives.

Apart from providing basic stationary items like books, pencils and white board, these children also received some used warm clothes from the volunteer teachers.

According to Aquiline Mayon, secretary of Wisecrabs, since the inception of the teaching project launched four weeks ago, there has been massive improvement in their learning, and the parents are filled with gratitude towards the initiative.

“We will resume the classes from the first week of January next year after a short Christmas break,” added Anal.

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