Bhasha has made serious interventions on behalf of Adivasis in education, health-care, economic empowerment, promotion of arts and craft, conservation of languages, human rights, agriculture, forest management, vocational training and legal counseling.
About The Bhasha Radio School
The core of the Radio School is the realisation that writing cannot be equated with knowledge. In the villages where a large number of children get left out of the formal schooling activity, Dr Devy felt that it would be necessary to build up their confidence in their ability to learn by carrying the learning through the oral means.
The radio school involves recording of study materials on tape and these shall be played by teachers in the Adivasi villages. In due course radio transmission will replace the taped material. Oral education is to be supplemented with books. Schools also include access to museum, play-areas, library and computers. The schools combine formal education with knowledge of the local songs, stories, ecology, science and technology. The existing faculty at the Adivasi academy will record the study patterns along with other educational experts in Gujarat.
Salient Points of the project include:
- Use the services of local unemployed but educated villagers - Community participation
- Long-term engagement
- Currently covers 40 non-formal educational centers in Vadodara district and 24 in the Panchmahals district
- Teachers registered for the Open Universitys Radio Broadcasting Degree program. Training involves the use of methodologies of communication via the oral medium.