The Adivasi Gothra Mahasbha had initiated Adishakti summer school for the tribal children in Aralam in the Kannur district of Kerala in 2015. The main aim of this summer school was promoting continued higher education and ambition in the tribal students.
Apart from the sessions on higher education possibilities, the students are lectured on self reflection of Adivasi identity, sessions on theatre and tribal songs, exploring their heritage and culture, given training in spoken English and have the opportunities to interact with social activists.
Though the children are happy and satisfied with the summer classes, the organizers are finding it difficult to meet the expenses of the camp. The school is funded by generous individuals who get no financial aid from the government. They help these tribal children and by conducting yearly summer school and also providing hostels facility and financial aid.
“Before I first came to the summer school four years ago, it was not possible for me to even face a person and speak up but now, I am one of the coordinators of programs. We are tribal and we are proud of that.” says Rajni who hails from Wayanad who along with the few other coordinators is enabling 200 students from various tribal communities of Kerala access education through the Adishakti Summer School.
Students from class IV to post graduation attend these summer schools and they have notices the highest turnouts this year.