Category Archives: Multi-lingual education

The educational difficulties faced by tribals have been addressed through bilingual or multilingual programmes that start with education in the child’s mother tongue, then transit to the regional or state language, and finally progress to the study of English. This three-language formula, however, remains in an experimental stage, and its practice is limited to isolated pilot projects. […] There are 418 different tribes in India, with even more languages and dialects. Each group is also associated with a specific region through language, food habits, occupational characteristics and geography. To accommodate these diverse and culturally distinct communities with a single educational policy is a mammoth task, verging on the impossible. – Dr. Boro Baski (“Long-term success of non-formal Adivasi school in West Bengal” in: Development and Cooperation 7-8/2009)

Teaching Santal children by Boro Baski

Since the inceptions of our organization we have been working towards striking a balance between our traditional way of life and modernity. The transition to a modern life should be gradual and not stressful, and allow us to keep rooted … Continue reading

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The Rathwa community: Cultivating beautiful artistic traditions and attractive festivals – Gujarat

Source: Adivasi Stories from Gujarat © Bhasha Research and Publication Centre Vadodara 2017 | For more details, free download link and a map presenting language regions of Gujarat, click here >>  Tip: click the full screen button for convenient reading and searching Tips for … Continue reading

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Helping children learn in their own language: StoryWeaver

With over 10,000 stories in 124 languages, StoryWeaver is a vibrant reading site that helps children learn while giving a boost to obscure languages | Read the full story by P. Anima in The Hindu BusinessLine (28 December 2018) >> … Continue reading

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Award winning stories and other success stories: Education that reconnects children with their indigenous culture and traditions

“I will continue to contribute towards tribal literature by writing on socio-economic issues aimed at empowerment of tribal women along with informative and entertaining stories for children. […] Regarding her upcoming book, she said the focus would be on the importance … Continue reading

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RSV School & Museum of Santal Culture

The non-formal Santal school Rolf Schoembs Vidyashram (RSV) was established in 1996. It has educated children of several Santal villages in Birbhum District by using a pioneering and model method of education. The Sanghas of the two Santal villages Ghosladanga … Continue reading

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