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Reviving india's living traditions. Book Project for rural children.
Reviving india's living traditions. Book Project for rural children.
Reviving india's living traditions. Book Project for rural children.
Reviving india's living traditions. Book Project for rural children.
Reviving india's living traditions. Book Project for rural children.
Reviving india's living traditions. Book Project for rural children.
Reviving india's living traditions. Book Project for rural children.
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Reviving india's living traditions. Book Project for rural children.

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Giving voice to the wisdom of India’s traditional people by encouraging children from indigenous communities to write and publish their own environmental story books.

Giving voice to the wisdom of India’s traditional people by encouraging children from indigenous communities to write and publish their own environmental story books.

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  • 1. REVIVING INDIA’S LIVING TRADITIONS BOOK PROJECT BY ESD INDIA Giving voice to the wisdom of India’s traditional people by encouraging children from indigenous communities to write and publish their own environmental story books.
  • 2. India is the last big repository of Traditional Knowledge Systems with skills and expertise in the fields of health and ethno- botany, water harvesting, forest management, agriculture, animal care, textile, architecture...
  • 3. To preserve Traditional Knowledge, it is therefore of utmost importance to make children aware of the significance and relevance of indigenous practices and skills and thereby, instill a sense of pride and confidence about it. The all-important traditional ecological knowledge developed by India’s traditional people over many hundreds of years of intimate interaction with the natural world is today on the verge of getting lost for ever.
  • 4. The Book Project aims at: Reviving India’s Living Traditions by giving to rural children an opportunity to share with the world through the medium of story writing their adventures while… tending animals roaming jungles in search of wild fruits fishing at the river helping parents with the harvest…
  • 5. This project will also be a chance to: 1. Discover and document India’s Ecological Traditions. 2. Enhance respect for local culture, its wisdom and its environmental ethics. 3. Encourage pupils to learn from their parents, grand-parents and other adults in the community, and to appreciate and respect their knowledge. 4. Experience the wisdom of India’s traditional people. 5. Reconnect native youth with the land and its culture emphasizing ancient connections to the natural world. 6. Explore ancient traditions and build a modern life that "re-discovers" a natural harmony and balance with nature.
  • 6. PROGRAM ESD India will organize Creative Writing Workshops in SCHOOLS and NGOs working with children of indigenous communities set in remote rural areas. To capture India’s cultural as well as ecological diversity, ESD India is planning to hold its program in about 50 rural schools around the country. During the workshop, the students will be introduced to the art of story writing, and illustration. The 5 days workshop is addressed to children aged 10 to 15 years old. The best stories will get published by a leading publisher of children’s books. Others will be made available online in downloadable ebook format.
  • 7. Part of the program will also be: - the organization of a trip to nearby villages where students will help with the documentation of local practices in the field of agriculture, health traditions, biodiversity, water harvesting, forest management, vernacular architecture, textiles, crafts… - the setting-up at the school level of a Traditional Knowledge Exhibition where students will display local tools, baskets, crafts… The entire program will be documented in print as well as audio-visual media.
  • 8. You run a school in a forgotten corner of India and would like to participate to the Book Project to Revive India’s Living Traditions. Contact Muriel Kakani at Livingtraditions.india@gmail.com In your mail, don’t forget to tell us something about your school, mainly where it is situated, and to which indigenous or rural community do the children belong. Suggestions welcome.

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