Did you know that several adivasi groups have a tradition of laying a stone in the memory of the dead or those who have walked the Earth and contributed to lives on Planet Earth? And so they have laid stones in the memory of the dinosaurs too! Incredible, isn’t it? Have we, the urban literate community, ever felt the need to remember the dinosaurs, let alone thank them?
The adivasis are often considered the illiterate and underdeveloped populations. They might not be literate in the modern traditional sense, they might not even believe in “development” in the manner globalisation has forced us to believe, but they probably hold more knowledge than what Wikipedia accommodates at the moment. Their songs alone talk about so much from education, culture and community to livelihood, governance and even world affairs.
So while I was learning about their culture from them, they were learning about computers from me. And we picked different approaches for different topics, but most of them relied on an hands-on activity-based approach to learning.
Udita Chaturvedi and Deepak Rajput