Educators Diary

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. There are more than […]

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 […]

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. […]