Scientific temperament can help empower tribal children

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Dec 2017 12:04:49


By Tara Chettur,

Scientific temperament can help tribal children to be empowered in many socio cultural aspects, including mental and social health sectors. Science communicator Sarika Gharu has conducted survey in eight tribal districts at Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria, Hoshangabad, Betul, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dindori on subjects on ‘impact of scientific temperament on tribal children.’ She says that superstition in these districts is one of the highest especially in Dindori. Age group of children was taken from 10 years to 15 years in general. A sample survey has been conducted in more than that 150 children in which around 60% admits that they are being treated with quacks whenever they fall ill. The main issue is unavailability of doctors in rural areas especially PESA districts where family members have no choice but to take children to rural practitioners many of them of whom are ill equipped. The survey was started on December 15 which colluded on December 27.

She also says that if effective training can be given to the rural practitioners or quacks about the knowledge of the basics of medicine, from human anatomy to pharmacology, giving them the theoretical knowledge that they lack can also help in providing good facility to rural people .Among more than 50 quacks she met many of them she found to be ill equipped. She says besides she also conducted workshops at school level in two of these districts including Dindori and Umaria where she found that interactive session can help in educating children about scientific temperament. An educate child also helps in empowering family and can help in raising awareness against any kind of superstition practices.

She also says that scientific temperament also helps in children to get away with online addiction which many times are reasons for increase in criminal tendency behaviours. There has been tremendous change in behaviours of children involved in scientific model making programmes and the one who remained aloof in such activities, she adds.

Besides, she also urged that as tribal families are more knowledgeable about flora and fauna of the region. Scientific temperament can also help in raising Biosafety Society in the region to increase the awareness public health and animal health which are integrated subjects. Usually, these subjects are confined to research workers and scientist but now there has been a genuine need felt globally to introduce the subjects at academics to get connected to commoners. She has been awarded for her innovative approaches at State and National level .She conducts training free of cost for rural children and had also submitted research work at MPSCT MP Council of Science & Technology events.