Educators Diary

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 upper primary school where 6 teachers were teaching 180 children from seven classes. (As a …

Learning from the community 

Learning from the community  Dr Mahendra Kumar Mishra  I went to Kondhmal , a tribal district of Orissa in 22- 26 February, 2010 to visit some tribal area schools where the Multilingual Education Programme is going on. The district is populated with 51 % scheduled tribes belong to the Kondh – a Dravidian language group. …

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 …

LOVE SONGS OF THE PAHARIA TRIBES

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 you …

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 …

Using Mother Tongue

Using mother tongue of a child as the medium of instruction has been a debate when English language is spreading everywhere. Indian linguistic situation is altogether different from rest of the world. India is a multilingual and multicultural country. Education to the children in different Indian socio- economic condition is varied based on rich- poor, …