Awareness among tea garden populace in Udalguri district
In a bid to address the issues plaguing the population residing in tea garden areas of the State
TANGLA: In a bid to address the issues plaguing the population residing in tea garden areas of the State, including poverty, illiteracy, alcoholism and child marriage, a three-day long folklore training workshop organized by District Institute of Education and Training, Jorhat, Titabor, with support from UNICEF Assam at Paneri TE in Udalguri district, concluded on Thursday.
The workshop was hosted as a part of its 'Back to School and Safe Re-opening of school' initiative aimed to motivate the students to resume their classes post-lockdown. Noted folk artiste of Tezpur, Dip Kumar Kalita graced the event as resource person and imparted training to a total of 15 students of the garden as a part of the event.
"Using folklore as an instrument of awareness in this workshop is an effort to seek tangible solution on socio-cultural issues associated with tea garden population along with developing skills related to literacy and group dynamics," said folk artiste Dip Kumar Kalita. "I have witnessed that children of the garden are enthusiastic, have skills and are quick learners. If their skills are honed and they are provided a platform, they can do magic," he added.
Pompi Sabar, a 14-year old participant said, "I am elated to have been selected to participate in the workshop which have motivated us to a great extent and taught us the importance of education, and eradication of social evils in our lives."
"We want to transmit messages regarding social issues to the tea garden population through traditional folk songs and dance of their community,"said another resource person, Diganta Phukan.
The event was also graced as resource person by Manik Konwar, Bhabananda Kataky of District Institute of Education and Training, Jorhat, Titabor.