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1. Nature Talk
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3. Tales Through Iron
4. Story of The Barber
5. Dance Forms of the Bhuiyas
6. Perspectives on Religious Syncretism in India
7. Porblems in Educating Tribal Children; The Dongria Kondh Experiences

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Nature Talk Vol-1 No.-9

    Often there are media reports about mid-day meal mishaps in various schools of remote areas. Such feeding programmes in schools have been introduced, based on survey on tribal and poor non-tribal children in the early seventies. It was presumed that the young children will attend schools if they are given food. Yet the problem of wooing tribal children remains.

    It is not right to think that these people who live in seclusion in the lap of nature are uneducated. True they are not acquainted with the type of knowledge based on science, technology and literature. These people are mostly in the preliterate stage of society and guided by their traditional knowledge. In a welfare nation like India, the stress on placing these people on the mainstream of national development, for reaping the benefit of modern facilities.

    The task in not achieved by simply establishing schools in the tribal habitat. Government efforts have not met with desirable success even after fifty years of development planning. Numerous micro-studies, seminars proceedings and scholarly reports are available in the library racks, but the formal school education has not yet gained popularity among the tribal people. It is probable that the learned persons are yet to perceive the actual need and inner feeling of these forest dwelling citizens. Millennium old informal education system orally transmitted through generations, cannot be easily be wiped out simply by declaring these as superstitious. Such oral and demonstrative (forest collection, hunting, water conservation etc.) education was to make the young ones fit to live in natural environment. Techno based civilization is set to destroy the serenity of nature while producing electricity, facilitating irrigation, setting up factories etc. for which the inhabitants of the hills are not prepared to enjoy. They feel alienated from natural resources and their age old social education becomes redundant. On the other hand school education fail to convey the requirements for in-situ living. The problem needs serious attention.     

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Vol-1 Issue-9
1. Nature Talk
2. News Clippings
3. Tales Through Iron
4. Story of The Barber
5. Dance Forms of the Bhuiyas
6. Perspectives on Religious Syncretism in India
7. Porblems in Educating Tribal Children; The Dongria Kondh Experiences

 

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