Tied with a single thread : children, community and teachers

Kathait, Jagmohan Singh (2020) Tied with a single thread : children, community and teachers. Learning Curve (7). pp. 45-48. ISSN 2582-1644

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We have often heard this said, ‘पेट में नहीं होगा अन्न तो पढ़ने में कैसे लगेगा मन’, loosely translated, it means, ‘when the stomach is empty, how will the mind focus on learning?’ What else do such aphorisms tell us if not that, surely, survival comes before any formal schooling? Children from the families whose primary concern is to quell the hunger in their stomachs or to look for a livelihood to silence this hunger are often called ‘first generation learners’ in academic circles. Who knows why they are called first-generation learners? Perhaps because schools are considered to be the sole dispensers of learning. Perhaps because their parents are not able to deduce that, if their children learn to read and write now, they will be able to reap the benefits of their learning in 15-20 years by working in better and less physically taxing conditions. Who knows if it is the lack of an ability to think or an effect of it that prevents one from considering this option? Be that as it may, the consequence remains the same: education is always a secondary priority.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Kathait, Jagmohan Singh
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Schooling for all, Right to Education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/2557
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