BHUBANESWAR: More than 16 states are keen to follow the Odisha model of imparting early childhood care and education to tribal students in their mother tongue. Delegates of these states revealed this at a two-day workshop, which kicked off here on Friday.
“Non-formal preschool education is one of the core services under the ICDS scheme. Odisha has become a role model for other states by imparting early childhood care and education in 10 tribal languages,” said K Krishnan, southern region convener of National Advocacy Council for Development of Indigenous People (NACDIP).
Ghanshyam, an NACDIP convener from Jharkhand, said, “There are several tribal pockets in the entire eastern zone, where there are no anganwadi centres. So in those areas it is really a challenge to implement early childhood education in tribal languages.”
School and mass education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda told TOI, “Odisha would soon implement primary education in more tribal languages.”