BMCT is grateful that Ms. Joytsna Jhala, Principal of the Government Primary & Middle School at Badi Village outside Udaipur city welcomes our 2014 World Dance Residency program led by the Vanaver Caravan for her students.
|Ms. Jyotsna Jhala Principal|
|Takeshi Okumura & David Kubiak|
|Children's Library, Badi|
We are delighted to have an opportunity to work with these children. The majority of them are from tribal families with forestry, fishery and agrarian background.
The photos below of the children are from a typical day at the school.
|4th grade students|
|5th graders instructing third grade students|
|5th grade students responding to my inquiry|
|6th graders at their teacher's desk|
|Student art on the corridor walls|
Including the Principal there are 3 full time teachers at the school. Jyotsna welcomes community input in the education process. As a result the children are comfortable and open with new comers and guests. They seem relaxed with their teachers and self motivated. The class room walls and corridors are full of educational charts and colorful student drawings. It seems art and craft is intrinsic to their life. Jyotsna informed us that dance and theater is also an integral part of their children's cultural background. It is my haunch that we will learn equally much from these children rooted in their nature based traditions.