Joint Publications

A brief summary of our partners and some partnered projects can be found here. Most of these projects include relevant publications by Pratichi, for distribution amongst our partners and supporters. Here are the cover art and description of each such publication.

Tepantor
Pratichi often volunteers its expertise to aid projects undertaken by other government or non-government body with similar goals. Recently, Pratichi helped the Sarva Shiksha Mission (SSM) in Birbhum and Bamnigraam organise drawing and creative writing sessions for primary-school children, and publish a selection of them in colourful school magazines. The SSM named the magazine Tepantor, alluding to the fairytale fields separating our world from the land of stories. The magazines were an exciting novelty for the students, most of whom come from underprivileged homes. The project also saw remarkable outpourings of creativity, and has inspired us to replicate the project in other schools.

Jor Kolome
Eminent columnist and social activist Rangan Chakrabarti wrote a booklet for Pratichi's workshop series, Teachers' Experiences and Innovations. The series, apart from documenting teaching experiences and innovations that have proved vital to our understanding of education in practice, explores the act of writing as a process of capability-building amongst primary school teachers. Chakrabarti's booklet is a guide to simple, comprehensive and articulate writing, which makes us question the biases that are inherent in the languages we use. To demonstrate the exclusion of females from discourses of childhood, for example, Chakrabarti uses the word 'meyebela' [girlhood], and accurately describes the discomfort most speakers of Bengali feel with it. The word 'chhelebela' [boyhood] has been used exclusively, so far, to mean childhood, and Chakrabarti shows us how our unconscious linguistic biases reflect our tendency to think exclusively of male children and their needs when thinking of child development.

Pratichi has distributed copies of this booklet at the workshops, and will continue to look upon Jor Kolome as a valuable pedagogic resource.