Each year the 9th of August is observed as World Tribal Day to create awareness about tribal communities and the need to safeguard their rights. Women have been central in preserving cultural heritage and traditions in tribal communities and passing it on to the next generation.
On World Tribal Day, a new Amrita Education Center was started at Nakkuppathey Mele Ooru, Attappadi, Kerala, by the Amrita RITE, Rural India Program, from Amrita CREATE. Swami Amoghamrita Chaitanya, Chalakkudi ashram, inaugurated the center.
The Attapadi area is predominantly tribal, comprised chiefly of the Irula tribe. The community has been actively involved in setting up the education center in this area, supporting the teacher—also from the tribal community—with parent presence, response, and monitoring.
Community members actively participated in the event. Stationery and study supplies were distributed to the children. As part of the festivities, women and girls performed traditional dances and songs, making the event and the World Tribal Day a grand celebration.