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Odisha: Education in tribal mother tongue yet to become reality

 

Posted Wednesday July 06, 2016

Odisha, Tribal, Mother Tongue, Education  
 
The then Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik had directed OPEPA to tailor study materials in ten tribal languages of the state namely Munda, Santhali, Kissan, Oraon, Kuvi, Koya, Bonda, Juanga and Saura. OPEPA developed Arunima in ten tribal languages which were inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 14th November 2012, but the materials are yet to reach the Anganwadis in the tribal areas. 10 months have passed since the release of books but our tribal children don’t have access to it.  

HNF Correspondent

 
 

After the milestone directive by the former Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik on “Introduction of mother tongue based materials in ‘Arunima’ reference book for early childhood and education care centres” on 30th July 2012, Odisha Adivasi Manch (OAM) a state level tribal network which has been lobbying for a policy on “Mother tongue based multi-lingual Early Childhood Education for tribal children” heaved a sigh of relief.

“It was a directive that could make a significant difference to the lives of 1.4 million tribal children of the state, by giving them a strong foundation for further learning” said Sudhir Kumar Digal, Advisor, Odisha Adivasi Manch today at a press conference held in Bhubaneswar commemorating one year to the passing of the government directive.

 

“The then Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik had directed OPEPA to tailor study materials in ten tribal languages of the state namely Munda, Santhali, Kissan, Oraon, Kuvi, Koya, Bonda, Juanga and Saura. OPEPA developed Arunima in ten tribal languages which were inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 14th November 2012, but the materials are yet to reach the Anganwadis in the tribal areas. 10 months have passed since the release of books but our tribal children don’t have access to it,” said Ido Mandal, State Convenor, Odisha Adivasi Manch.

Bidulata Huika, Convenor, Odisha Adivasi Manch said, “The government’s initiatives are praiseworthy, but what affects the process is the delay. The books haven’t reached the centres; teachers haven’t been trained yet; so the children are not starting the mother tongue based transactions in the centres in this session and that upsets us.”

“We want at least the teachers training to begin where fresh recruitments are going on. The teachers should be from the respective tribal communities and a culture–relevant pedagogy needs to be designed for the tribal children,” said Badal Tah, Representative Odisha Adivasi Manch.

“We will be a support to the government’s initiative and make sure mother tongue based education in the Anganwadi centre is a reality,” added Ido Mandal.

 
   
 

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