Sensitising tribal youth to education: documentary ‘Snehasanthi’ made by tribal youths – Kerala

A 30-minute documentary, ‘Snehasanthi,’ made by a group of tribal youths under the banner of the Kerala Adivasi Students Forum tells the story of why the tribal youth make a ‘retreat’ from education, especially the  Paniya, Adiya and Kattunayakka sections.

Though a lot of projects  have been implemented by successive governments to provide education to tribal people, it could not make a considerable change in their outlook towards education so far, says director of the documentary Ajay of  the Chembily Adiya colony at Panamaram in Wayanad.

Funds and projects alone would not make any positive change in the attitude of marginalised sections towards education; instead they need active support and a positive approach of the so-called modern society, he adds. “We are planning to screen the documentary in all tribal colonies in the district,” he said. Except the cameraman, all 23 actors and the technicians are from different tribal communities in the district. The documentary has been produced by the Neethivedi, an non-governmental organisation. The script is by P. Ajay, lyrics by Sukumaran of the Chaligaddha Adiya Colony and the camera is cranked by Praful George.

Source: Sensitising tribal youth to education by E.M. Manoj (The Hindu, 17 July 2011)
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