Education Adivasi, Andhra Pradesh, India ,february 2011. Under various articles of the Indian Constitution, free and compulsory education is provided as a fundamental right to children between the ages of 6 and 14. But how will the Adivasis exersice their right, if they are not made aware of the act?

 

When there are no schools in most Adivasi villages, how would they become literate? The Adivasi are the Indigenous people of India, they have developed their own identity, through their traditions, culture, language and religion- These communities live in isolated areas such as hills and forests. They live in harmony with nature and since childhood learn to create livelihood from the rich resources in their habitat.

 

Its an outcast group that has problems with their land and suffer from discrimination and abuse. Their identity and rights are not recognized yet. Illiteracy is an obstacle for them to enforce their rights.

 

By tradition in their communities, the family must stay together. The kids just stay in their homes to accompany the elders. Household chores are for girls,they are in charge of cooking, cleaning and fetching water daily. Most of the girls have to walk long distances to reach the river.  Education is not a priority for these families.

 

Educating the younger generation of these adivasis could be the basis of livelihood in the future. For this reason and more reasons the organization "Samata" has created "Balamitra"one of the few projects which provides primary education for Adivasi´s children.