In an attempt to generate interest and promote tribal languages, private steel major Tata Steel Friday launched ‘Ho’ language classes in Camp School in tribal dominated Noamundi in West Singhbhum district.
‘Ho’ is a rich tribal language of Jharkhand and many girls in Camp School can speak ‘Ho’ but did not know how to write in the language, said Laxmi Soren, West Singbhum Zila Parishad Member. The objective behind the company’s endeavour is to preserve and promote the language, a Tata Steel statement said.
Lessons in Ho will be conducted for the Camp School girls during weekend by a teacher from Ho Sabha, Chaibasa. The Camp School at Noamundi has been set-up to enhance educational interest in school drop-out girls residing in core tribal villages of Noamundi. Currently, 100 girls are studying in the Camp School at Noamundi.
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After completion of the 10-month bridge course, almost 100 per cent girls are inducted into formal schools – Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya or other government schools – in respective villages.
In Jharkhand, Ho tribe accounts for a sizable tribal population and their script is ‘Warang Kshiti’.
As part of its effort to promote tribal languages, especially among the new generation, the company has been running Ho language learning centres since 2011 in three districts of Kolhan region — East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan.
About 6,000 candidates underwent ‘HO’ language and script training at these centres.
As per the statement, the company constituted a team to offer systematised and step-by-step learning of Warang Kshiti. A team of 190 people, including academicians, language experts and others, were trained on adopting the teaching approaches and methodologies that are in accordance with a three-tier course module for Warang Kshiti.