Category Archives: Education and literacy

In contemporary practice, the tribal memory is greatly undermined. There is general insistence that tribal children attend schools where non-tribal children attend schools, that they use medicines manufactured for others and that they adopt common agricultural practices. All because the world has very little time to listen patiently to the tribals, with their immense knowledge and creativity. We have decided that what is good for us is good enough for them. In the process we are destroying a rich vein of our cultural heritage. – Prof. Ganesh Devy quoted by Ivy Hansdak (Inaugural Speech for the National Conference “Tribes In Transition-II” 2017)

The goal is to prepare some model students in our villages, so that others will be inspired to follow them. – Boro Baski, “Long-term success of non-formal Adivasi school in West Bengal”

I wonder how [Gandhi] would have struggled to even comprehend the “hardheartedness” of the educated in India today. Let there be no mistake: what really ails Indian education is the fact that at its center is the “undeveloped heart.” – Vinay Lal, Professor of History & Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
https://vinaylal.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/the-undeveloped-heart-gandhi-on-education/

Ekalavya and Drona shape collective expectations from a teacher and a student: Ekalavya branded residential schools in tribal areas

Drona-Ekalavya: How mythology has ruined teaching in India Prachur Goel, Medium, Dec 4, 2016 | Read the whole story >> Culture and mythology drive our instinctive beliefs and if you ask anyone about a teacher-student story from our mythology, chances are that … Continue reading

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Audio | CBC Unreserved on “Decolonizing the classroom: Is there space for Indigenous knowledge in academia?” – Canada

Priyamvada Gopal on the rights of indigenous peoples (Adivasi in India): Colonialiality is a dynamic we need to be alert for as much in the present even within so-called independent, decolonized countries [quote from 31:30 onwards] Listen to the full … Continue reading

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Research on tribal communities, their customs, languages and rights facilitated by Indian universities: PhD theses published on Shodhganga (public access)

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Juvan and Kansari (Kunkna) – A story from Gujarat

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Kota music and dance

The inhabitants of remote Kunda Kotagiri village maintain their own culture centre. This ensures the continuance of their community’s distinct traditions among the educated youth of this village. Such enthusiasm was much in evidence during this unannounced visit which was … Continue reading

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