Seeking to check the dropouts of tribal children at pre-primary level, Kerala State Commission For Protection of Child Rights is working on a scheme to introduce their indigenous language and culture in anganwadis in settlements.
The proposed theme-based curriculam will give thrust to the traditional language and culture of tribal communities. The main objective of the project is to make tribal children comfortable in the atmosphere of anganwadis and check their large-scale dropouts reported in many settlements.
In the proposed theme-based-approach, the indigenous language of tribals will be used at the anganwadis to interact with the students. Their folk songs, traditional toys and food will help tribal children get rid of the feeling of alianation and make them feel like home there.
But, at the same time, the standard language will also be taught. Because then only children can pursue higher education.
In the initial phase, the framework of the thematic approach is prepared in the ‘Irula’ language, a prominent tribal language in the state. The framework, prepared with the support of the state Social Justice and SC and ST Departments and various other agencies, is expected to be completed by January.
We are planning to implement the scheme at Attappady on an experimental basis. If it is found successful, we will prepare a detailed report in this regard and submit to the state government, she said. A state-level committte of the panel has been entrusted with preparation of the framework, the member added.
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