On the Friday the 26th of July an awareness program on the Uncultivated Food of the Paharias was organised for the school children of Kairodoli Medium School.
43 school children, 32 girls and 11 boys, accompanied by their teacher Anil Kumar Malto, were taken to Kathalpara’s forest to explore some of the different kinds of uncultivated food collected and consumed by Paharias. Village elders Kathgi Paharin and Guhiya Paharia showed the children a variety of different plant based uncultivated foods. The uncultivated foods the children were shown included Singla, Nappe Alli, Kuse, Dumbri, Talmi and Kote. The village elders showed the children how to identify different kinds of uncultivated foods and also shared their benefits. The school teacher Anil Kumar Malto, was very happy with this initiative and encouraged the children to learn more about the variety of uncultivated foods consumed from their elders.
After returning forest, the students shared information about the different uncultivated foods they had seen. The program ended with all students being given pads, pens and pencils to continue compiling their personal inventories of uncultivated foods.