Organise women from the Van Gujjar community and develop Livelihood activities based on the indigenous skills of the community
Location: DehraDun, Haridwar (Districts of Uttarakhand) – Shivalik Range of Himalayas
Van Gujjars have lived for centuries as per the community in the forests of the Siwalik and the Himalayan ranges in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Over the last few decades, Van Gujjars like many other transhumance (pastoralist) communities have had to deal with rapid changes – political, economic and social; the prolonged systemic inequities and injustices have deprived these communities of their fundamental human rights. The women from the community have had a history of minimalistic participation in the livelihood engagements of the household. This has had an impact on the –
1. Relative status of adult literacy (ability to write one’s name etc);
2. Awareness about health;
3. Opportunities to generate incomes by use of traditional skills – among men and women from the community. The women from the community are well versed in a host of skills learned orally across generations – traditional art, natural resource management, livestock etc.
Form groups of women and introduce practices to use the traditional skills to acquire economic empowerment as group. We intend to use this in order to introduce interventions in the areas of health of women and children in particular.
Research on - Access, Availability and Affordability - of school primary and middle school education for Van Gujjars
Location: DehraDun, Haridwar (Districts of Uttarakhand) and Saharanpur (District of Uttar Pradesh) – Shivalik Range of Himalayas
The seasonal movement of the community is inherent to their existence; there are many aspects which have had considerable influence on their educational status. The community has a history which they share orally along generations; the nomads are known as Gujjars.
The language spoken by the community is called Gujjari (a dialect), which is combination of Punjabi and Dogri. The transhumance starts with change in the weather twice in a year. During summer, the months of April and May are scheduled for seasonal migration. Education among the children from the community varies as the per location though substantial set of children from the community have no to poor access to education. The access is also determined by the relative economic well being, sedentarization of the community over the years, and a host of other factors.
Formulate an educational intervention with the participation of the community enabling education (K12 framework) under community ownership and leadership building capacities for sustainability.