Educators Diary

Denying Mother Tongue: Silencing the Child 

Now a day’s news are coming that teachers of English medium schools punish the children for speaking in mother tongue in classroom. This should be condemned. This is violation of child’s linguistic right. This kind of treatment to the child reminds of the colonial mindset of the teachers who love teaching, but don’t love children. […]


  Dahi ja gadiun bha buneya kasa Chini buneya kas, Mamacha beti lagun kulu kein aha Taibin kulukein asha, Lele sundar phuni kulu kein asha.   -Cropped the wood and parched the land O Chini! I’ve parched Sowed kand and kasla, O Chini! I have sowed. I cherish my uncle’s girl O Chini! How dinky […]

Orissa shows the way in tribal pockets

  New Indian Express 24/3 2010.  BHUBANESWAR: Ministry of Human Resource Development selected multi-lingual education (MLE) of Orissa as one of the innovative programmes from the entire country this year and has commissioned a mega study. Also as a frontrunner in MLE, Orissa has received many offers from neighbouring states to design and plan the […]

Learning From The Children

 Educators Diary-2 (February 2010, 22-24) I went to  Kondhmal , a tribal district of Orissa in 22- 26 February to visit some tribal area schools where the Multilingual Education Programme is going on. The district is populated with 51 % scheduled tribes to belong to the Kondh – a Dravidian language group. There are more […]

The Magic of the Mother tongue

The Magic of the Mother tongue     lessons with Koya children By Mahendra Kumar Mishra, PhD       In 2006 October I went for a field visit to Malkangiri, the southern most district of Orissa. In Malkangiri I went to Kambeda, whose population is comprised of 100% Koya speakers. There I found an […]