Category Archives: Education and literacy

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

A sustainable improvement in the quality would happen only when there is an effort to improve quality along with inclusion. This cannot be achieved by creating a few centers of excellence. – Prof. V. Santhakumar (Azim Premji University) in: “Only small, consistent steps can improve the quality of education in India” (Economics in Action, 11 October 2019)
https://vsanthakumar.wordpress.com/2019/11/01/only-small-consistent-steps-can-improve-the-quality-of-education-in-india/

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/

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)

Bringing indigenous knowledge systems into a “pedagogy of the collective”: Kora, Munda, Oraon, Mahli and Santal communities’ egalitarian value system is a source of strength – West Bengal

Adivasi learner and ‘pass-fail’ policy by Dr. Boro BaskiEnglish translation by Prof. Sudipto Mukhopadhyay Lately the West Bengal Government has scrapped the no-detention policy and brings back the “pass-fail” system. One gets a second chance in Class five and eight … Continue reading

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In support of India’s tribal women: Find information provided on Government and NGO websites

The concept of a mixed economy as envisaged in the Indian constitution gave way to a modern free market economy. As a result, the ground gained over the previous two decades in the fight against poverty began to slide out … Continue reading

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Rabindranath Tagore – pioneer in rural education

A most important truth, which we are apt to forget, is that a teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame. – Rabindranath … Continue reading

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Why is the Sky so High? (Dehwali) – A story from Gujarat

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Slideshow | Coastal wetland ecosystems: Eco-exposure and recovery programmes for the Kanyakumari region – Tamil Nadu

PhotosFreshwater Wetland Ecosystem Flamingo photo exhibitionPainted stork nesting Spot billed pelicansFlamingoesFish – prey base for birdsEco-exposure programme Wetland Ecosystem of Kanyakumari district, India Kanyakumari is the strategic southern tip of India in the bio-hot spot of the Western Ghats, UNESCO Heritage … Continue reading

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