Education and training
“I’m Karunakar and my wife is Sabita. We’ve got three boys and my mother lives with us, so there are six in the house. The house is about 30 years old. We’ve always lived in the village, we don’t know anywhere else.
“The kids walk to school. It’s about 2 kilometres away. I want them to get a good education later, too, I don’t want them to live like this. I’d prefer them to live in the town.
“I want my children to be treated differently when they’re older. Education makes a big difference to the respect you get.” Karunakar
“How does caste affect us? Well, we’re all Harijan here so it’s not a problem in the village itself. But if I go to the town I’m treated differently. They don’t talk to us perfectly. They don’t respect us. I want my children to be treated differently when they’re older. Education makes a big difference to the respect you get. That, and lifestyle.”
Tikau Share has arranged elementary English lessons for the children in the village. Training programmes have also been drawn up and launched to develop the artisans’ skills, teaching them sustainable dyeing methods and bamboo handicraft techniques. A well trained artisan stands a better chance of earning income to become more self-sufficient.
In cooperation with local NGOs in India, Tikau Share has arranged 3-month courses of three weekly classes in the Orya (Odisha) and is working to develop the villagers’ literacy and numeracy. Classes are designed to include vocabulary and exercises which they can use in their professional lives, enabling them to manage their self-help groups. Self-sufficiency is the key objective.