Trip to tribal school at Koraput, Odisha

In a recent expedition to Boipariguda block of Koraput, Odisha, the Young Tinker Foundation embarked on a mission to explore the educational landscape in tribal districts. This endeavor offered a unique opportunity to delve into the heart of the community and witness firsthand the remarkable resilience and initiative of its young leaders.

During this journey, a multitude of schools dotted the landscape, each offering a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of education in remote areas. What stood out amidst the picturesque scenery was the presence of 18 to 22-year-old community leaders hailing from hundreds of villages. These young individuals, the backbone of their communities, demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to addressing local issues, from facilitating the creation of ration cards to tackling broader community challenges.

Remarkably, these community leaders had undergone training through Odisha’s own organization, CYSD, as part of the Community Leader Initiative (CLI). Inspired by the initiatives of the Young Tinker Foundation in the realm of education, these leaders eagerly welcomed the prospect of introducing similar endeavors to their villages.

During interactions with these remarkable individuals, one question echoed through the conversations: “How did you acquire the skills in soldering, electronics, carpentry, and other trades?” In response, a female community leader boldly proclaimed, “Why not us? If others can, why can’t we?”

This unwavering confidence displayed by the girls in tribal areas served as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of female empowerment within communities. They emerged as the unsung heroes, driving positive change and embodying resilience in the face of adversity.

As the journey unfolded, it became evident that the future of these villages rested in the capable hands of their youth. The Young Tinker Foundation saw in these budding leaders the potential to catalyze meaningful progress and innovation. With access to resources and support, there was no doubt that these boys and girls would rise to fulfill their true purpose.

In conclusion, the expedition to Boipariguda block underscored the importance of nurturing local talent and empowering youth to become agents of change within their communities. Through collaboration, education, and unwavering determination, the tribal youth of Odisha are poised to shape a brighter future for generations to come.

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