Elementary step

Book>> Tribal Dialect • Odisha

Published: Saturday 15 September 2012

Arunima, the elementary book in Odisha meant for children from Class I to Class III, is set for a bilingual makeover. To ensure equality in educational opportunities for tribal children, the state government has directed its primary education programme authority to develop the book in 10 major tribal dialects, such as Munda, Santhali, Kissan, Oraon, Kuvi, Saura, Koya, Bonda, Juanga and Saura.

The books will cover all the schools having 100 per cent tribal students and will contain stories, rhymes, dance performances and folklores of the tribe concerned. The script will be Oriya but the language will be that of the tribe it is meant for. To begin with, the government plans to introduce the books in 544 schools in the tribal-dominated districts of Mayurbhanj, Samabalpur, Sundargarh, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Keonjhar, Kandhamal and Gajpati. The plan is to cover 3,400 schools. The government also plans to introduce similar books in anganwadi centres.

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