ASGP conducts state level and district level Seminars and Workshops on various aspects of tribal culture and education.
The focal theme of the seminars conducted by ASGP were:
1. Tribal Development from People’s Vision:
Why the development planners fail to understand the social dynamics of the community and why the plans fail. The strength of community to take their collective decision and collective sharing is threatened by the others. It is analyzed by the community and they share their feelings and plan collectively.
2. Tribal society and gender equity:
Gender equity is the major focus in tribal society. Male female equity is inbuilt in tribal society and the positive habits and customs helps the women to be one among the men. Sex abuse, dowry, male female discrimination, dominant over the women is not found in the tribal society. Therefore the best practices of the tribal society are discussed to maintain it.
3. Tribal culture and primary education:
At present ASGP has opened 6 experimental schools in 3 tribal populated Gram panchyats of Sinapali and has experimented the use of local knowledge in primary school. The scholars of the project believe that the experiential knowledge of the people is important for the children in understanding the world around them. The nature and culture has a rich resource for construction of knowledge in their mind and experiential knowledge is important to develop the personality of the children to shift in to the knowledge of the book. The shift is from orality to written with adequate understanding of the environment is major areas of concern. Education here is a mutual learning process. The educational volunteers and the community and the children assemble together and learn the world around them. The basic premise in the experiment is that children know the world around them and they need to discover the dynamics of nature and culture at first and then read and write. At present 120 tribal boys and girls are learning through local knowledge.
Folktales, myths, songs, riddles, proverbs, dance and static arts form the foundation of education. Material culture of the village helps the children to understand the language, numeracy and the environment.
4. Social Transformation and Tribal Life:
Understanding the society and the self through dialogue is the basic idea of social transformation. The local people try to discover differently than ever before as to why and how they are different from others. Social transformation is possible from the knowledge already embedded among the people themselves. Analysis of songs and tales, reflects the social disparity and focus on why the situation arises that some people are migrating to other country for belly and some are not.