Video | A Journey to a Santal school: Allowing children to be fully Adivasi, preparing them for success in mainstream society – West Bengal

Project Coordinator: Jerome Cranston, University of Manitoba

The Adivasi, the tribal peoples of India, comprise eight percent of the total population of the country. They have found that their children cannot cope with dilemma of living in ways that are inconsistent with their traditional ways. These same children are subjected to assimilationist structures embedded within India’s traditional formal schools. This clash of culture, language and ways of life has resulted in high dropout rates, low educational aspirations and degraded self-esteem in India’s Adivasi. The video, which is narrated by Mr. Boro Baski, the project coordinator of the Ghosaldanga Adibasi Seva Sangha (GASS), explains that there is an alternative that will allow Santal children to be fully Adivasi and also be prepared for success in mainstream society. The Ghosaldanga Adibasi Seva Sangha (GASS) is a non-governmental organization, which helped establish a non-formal Santal tribal school in West Bengal, the Rolf Schoembs Vidyashram (RSV) non-formal school.

Source: A Santal school’s way forward for the Adivasi in India – YouTube
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