Speaker: Claude Alvares
 
Even the entry of women into schools is known in England, is hardly hundred years old. But in India there were schools in every village. This is well documented. More important, the composition of the children who went to the schools was totally contrary to what we have been expected to believe. We thought that the schools were only meant for Brahmins; but the maximum number of students in the schools was in the category of Shudras; Shudras at that time.
Claude Alvares is a renowned environmentalist based in Goa, India. He is the editor of the Other India Press, an alternative publication based in India. The Director of the Goa Foundation, an environmental monitoring action group, Claude Alvares got his PhD from the Technische Hogeschool, Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, in 1976. He lives at Parra, Goa with his wife Padma Shree and environmental lawyer Norma Alvares and three children, Rahul, Samir and Milind. He is a member of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). He wrote the famous article 'The Great Gene Robbery' in 1986. He has been instrumental in carrying forward the work of the great Gandhian historian of India, Dharampal. He has worked extensively on natural education, creativity and organic farming and has developed a holistic philosophy of life. For several years, he wrote for a wide basket of Indian newspapers and magazines including the Illustrated Weekly of India, India Today, Outlook, The Times of India, etc. He is now blogs at www.typewriterguerilla.com. As a scholar, Dr Alvares coordinates the Multiversity Project which seeks broadly to decolonize thinking and curricula in our universities. The project involves scholars and academics from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

You can contact Claude Alvares at goafoundation@gmail.com
 
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