Educational scenario among the santhal tribes of Mayurbhanj district, Odisha
Generally speaking the level of education in a society reflects the prevailing conditions of its political economy or identified as one of the most important determinants of economic growth of the nation. Currently, the tribes lag behind not only the general population but also the Scheduled Caste population in literacy and education. The tribal education has been seen very pitiable condition due to the various factors, like; the remoteness, poverty, poor health condition, extra source of income and so on. The poor economic condition is great hindrance to successful education of the tribal people. The importance of education touches only the periphery of the tribal life. The objective of the paper is to analyse the status of tribal education in Mayurbhanj district in general and the studied village is a particular. The study is based on both primary and secondary data based. The primary data collected from Santhal tribes in Bantali Rakhasahi villages inside Bijatola Block area of Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. There are 62 tribes in Odisha with 22.21% of the total population of the State. Mayurbhanj is one of the tribal dominated districts of Odisha, which has been declared as the fully scheduled district of the State. Out of 26 Blocks, the tribes are more concentrated in Bisoi, Bijatala, Baripada, Jamda, Joshipur, Khunta, Rairangpur, Sukruli, Suliapada and Udala, Blocks respectively.
Educational Scenario, Tribe, Santhal, Illiteracy, Mayurbhanj.