Rayagada, 29 May-2014: “Quality education will pave the way for raising inner consciousness and real empowerment of tribal commu8nity. Given an opportunity, anybody can excel.
This is more so in case of a tribal child considering the intrinsic commune values of tribal society, their absolute sincerity, straightforwardness and innocence”, opines Dr. Jacob Thundyil, National Convener of a Tribal out fit called National Advocacy Centre for Development of Indigenous People(NACDIP).
This has exactly been proved in case of Sri Madan Jakesika, who comes from Dangaria Kandha tribal community, a Primarily Vulnerable Tribal Group(PVTG)ealier called as primitive tribal group(PTG).
In the recent CBSE, Madan was able to secure a First Division(8.2 CGPA) in class X. Madan, born as second son to completely illiterate father Manda and mother Teladi, begins his education in Odia medium in the government primary school at Dumuripeta village of Kurli Gram Panchayat. After completing class four in the local primary school, Madan joins RamaKrishna Mission Ashram School(RKMAS) at Hatamuniguda.
RKMAS, which is a CBSEmodel residential educational complex, caters to the education of only tribalchildren of undivided Koraput district. The serene atmosphere of RKMAS and its committed staff including a the principal who is a retired Brigadier havehelped the tribal students to excel in their studies. “Our school has 520 tribal students from undivided Koraput district. At the request of the Odisha Govt we have established this institution and meticulously are in the process of building the infrastructure and providing quality education. We have already spent Rs.34 crores in thisregard”, said the chief of RKMAS during our visit to school.
It was all possible because of Madan’s sister named Drinji, who got exposed to government development programme during her short stint of a motivator job in Dangaria Kandha Development Agency(DKDA).
Madan wants to continue his higher secondary in science stream. He along with his sister and members of the community expects to be a doctor or an engineer and comes back to serve his community. This will help checking the exodus of outside compradors who come to their area to plunder.
“Boys like Madanhas won yet another struggle on education like supreme court’s verdict on mining and will rewrite the history of this vulnerable tribe. The decision of his community for development through mining or no mining will be further explored by the tribal youths like Madan, who is yet to be exposed various other realities of the world outside his communities. If the process of this kind of quality and value based educated snowballs, the tribals can bring an equilibrium between outsiders and their own community. There has to be synthesis of power structures and education only can make this possible,” said Ms. Bidulata Huika, State Convenor of Odisha Adibasi Manch, who is also a firstever woman post graduate and law graduate from local Kandha tribal community.
“Mother tonguebased pre-primary and primary multilingual education is the key to qualityeducation in tribal areas. This coupled with proper infrastructure, adequate trained staff, sensitization of parents and community, MCH, pro-child educational policies by Govt, etc can further tribal education in Odisha. A constructive push with little sensitivity by the delivery system will produce scores of Madans who are now confident to be part of the mainstream”, said Ms Dharitri Pattanaik, India Country Representative of Bernd van Leer Foundation(BvLF), a Netherland based philanthropic entity focusing on child based issues.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)