Last updated: July 20, 2012
I thank brother Jesasay and Ngwalidwe for providing data for this article.
At this time, many educational initiatives have been made available to our people by the state government. I like to group those under three categories.
Beginning 2007, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) provided several angawadi centres for pre-school children in our villages. These centres are equivalent to Day Care centres in urban areas. There are now seven such centres.
- Dawodi (one centre)
- Hazolo (one centre)
- Sichoto (once centre)
- Shidiku (one centre)
- Shidi (three centres)
I noticed the impact of these institutions in my last visit home. My four year old niece had been in angawadi (she calls “A-GA-WA-DI” in typical Lisu accent) for over a year. Now she has learned as much as 100 English vocabularies and almost an equal number of words in Hindi! This year when she joined class I, those initial learning provided an easy transition to her next level of education.
Seven schools are providing primary education. Only 2 and 3 offer upto class four. The rest has only upto class two or even below.
|1||Katha Lisu School||245*||–|
|2||Govt Primary School Hazolo||34||1|
|3||Govt Primary School Sidiqui||31||1|
|5||NC Public School Dawodi||25*||–|
(Data is from NUEPA, except those marked *).
Personally, I know two schools that made a difference. One of my younger sisters joined the first batch of Katha School at Shidi. The teaching was good and that provided a good foundation. Later she studied at Kohima and she could do well even there, though with some difficulty.
The other one “EGS Miphote”. Shidi people call it “Yaesina school” after the teacher. I hear many good testimonies about that school.
UPPER PRIMARY AND SECONDARY
These two are the highest level of educational centres available for our people in Dawodi circle. Interesting to note that though Shidi is only a middle school (Upper Primary), its enrolment is much higher than the secondary school of Vijoynagar. Another thing to note: there is a huge difference between the number of teachers of these two schools.
|1||Govt Middle School Gandhigram||337||4|
|2||Govt Secondary School Vijoyanagar||209||13|
(Data from NUEPA).
- Nibodi is a large village with about 50 families but it has only an angawadi centre. The reason – the government has not recognized the village yet (It is now a census village from 2011). The children of that village are deprived of basic education.
- Shidi village has the highest enrollment of students. The secondary level education should be shifted to Shidi, rather than at Dawodi.
- The private education and angawadi centres have provided good basic education, majority of educational institution provide poor education. In 1992, five boys and one girl appeared for entrance exam in Meghalaya. None could pass the test. So all had to study a class lower.
Katha Schools. 2009. http://www.katha.org/site/what-we-do/education/our-schools (accessed 18 July 2012). Four Katha schools in Shidi, Ngwazakha, Hazolo and Shidiku returned 245 enrolments in 2009-10 between 3 – 6 years old.
Location of anganwadi centres in changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. http://arunachalswwcd.gov.in/content/central%20plan/icds/anganwadi/Changlang.pdf (accessed 18 July 2012). Published by Department of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, Itanagar.
NUEPA. 2011. http://www.dise.in/Downloads/School%20Directory/Arunachal/1212.pdf (accessed 18 July 2012). School directory of Changlang district for the year 2010-11.