Bhubaneswar , 9/8 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : “Language is an important part of everyone’s identity and culture. Our mother tongue is the foundation which paves our identity and sets a unique image for us. The tribal community now occupy offices of various echelons at both Government and Private institutions” said SC and ST Development Minister Lal Bihari Himirika while speaking on the occasion of “International Day of the Worlds Indigenous People”.
Speaking on the occasion, Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Sudam Marandi expressed that the tribal community is the origin of the entire human race and we have our roots imbibed in it. “The community has a whole lay supreme leverage on its customs and traditions” he further narrated.
On the occasion of “International Day of the Worlds Indigenous People”, on August 9, 2014, Odisha Adivadi Manch and the Campaign on Mother Tongue based Early Childhood Education with the support from the Netherlands based organisation Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF),organised an event at IDCOL Auditorium, Bhubaneswar, to celebrate this day, to discuss about tribal culture, tradition, issues and to bring into the fore front the need to properly implement the mother tongue based multi-lingual early childhood education for 1.4 million tribal children in Odisha.
Mother tongue-based multilingual learning during the early childhood while using the child’s first language, allows the learner adequate scope to understand in their home-based language and creates better participation in the classroom setting and has better learning outcomes. Later on this becomes a platform for learners to gradually transfer skills from the familiar language to the unfamiliar one.
In the event, Commerce & Transport Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi was one of the Chief Guests while MLA Jacob Pradhan was the Guest of Honour. The event was also attended by 200 tribal leaders from 15 districts of Odisha. The event was conducted with a folk cultural program where performers from various tribal communities like the Ho, Mundas etc represented their traditional background by dancing to the tunes of drums and other traditional instruments.
Odisha Adivasi Manch is a state level tribal network that works in 22 districts of Odisha. Its demand for mother tongue based anganwadi centres, arunima in tribal languages have been accepted by the state government. They also demand that the anganwadi workers and helpers should be appointed from the same community who speak the tribal languages and mini ICDS centres in tribal areas should become main ICDS centre.