New learning scheme developed in mother tongue of tribal children to reduce dropout
Kalpetta (Wayanad): In order to help the tribal children learn better, Dr M S Swaminathan Research Foundation has developed an education scheme in the mother tongue of Paniya tribal community. The 'Kalippam Padippam' learning scheme is implemented along with the online classes organised by the state government.
The project is implemented in Paniya tribal colonies in five panchayats in Wayanad. Classes started in selected colonies in Meppadi, Meenangadi, Vengappally, Panamaram and Kottathara panchayats. 'Kalippam Padippam' classes are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday when there are no online classes.
When the teacher talks to the tribal children in their mother tongue, they respond easily during the classes. The new scheme was designed after noticing that the tribal children are struggling to learn as they have not received the basic education from schools.
As part of the project, the images and examples which are familiar for the tribal kids are included. When teachers talk about elephant, tribal kids are familiar with wild elephant only. So, such relatable examples are included in videos. Teachers Rajesh Anchilan and Preetha Vijay are presenting the video classes in tribal language.
Girijan Gopi and Robin Varghese, the coordinators of the project, said that they have made sure that the children are attracted to the classes using interesting equipment like smart classes, musical instrument or football. Gradually, this increased their interest in online classes and helped reduce dropout from schools.