WHO WAS DR. B.R. AMBEDKAR?
Of the 350 children who study in our schools, 97% are “untouchables” or “dalits”, but neither they nor their families know very much about who Dr. Bim Rao Ambedkar was.
We have started a course on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar for the next few weeks which will be given to all classes. The course is imparted by Mala Devi and in it the children will learn the great importance of this leader and his work as a social reformer in Indian society. At the same time they will be explained their rights which were bravely defended by Ambedkar and which other Dalit organizations continue to defend today.
They will come to understand the importance of and the work done by Ambedkar for their community. They will also see that, while discrimination exists and is still suffered today, thanks to Ambedkar, considerable progress was made in obtaining greater justice for their community.
The course is being given in very simple terms for the little ones, even using songs with examples from every day life so they can understand the life of this remarkable man, using the book “The Boy Who Asked Why” written by Sowmya Rajendran and illustrated by Satwik Gade
Dr. Bim Rao Ambedkar (14.04.1891-06.12.1956), usually known as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, was an Indian lawyer, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Movement and fought against social discrimination for them. He is considered the Father of the Dalits, giving them a voice and also political identity.
In spite of the fact that “untouchability” was abolished in the 1950 Constitution, the practice is still present among certain people as a result of their place in society at birth, especially in rural India. In many places, the Dalits or “untouchables” cannot use the same wells, enter the same temples, drink from the same teacups, etc. The children are discriminated in schools and the majority live in extreme poverty