Dr. Ambedkar School

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2015.01.27. Categorized: Front Page   

Roma farm “Savitribai Phule” सावित्रीबाई फुले



Students and parents root and bloom Sajókaza

Photo: Tina Carr, SajokazaDr Ámbédkar High School offers studies for „A level” in segregated Roma settlements of North-East Hungary. The Farm is a part of this educational program, providing job and healthy nutrition for a Roma community of 1000 people in extreme poverty. The Farm is named after the Indian teacher Ms Savitribai Phule, who fought for the rights of oppressed girls with the strength of education.

Year: 2015
Person responsible: Derdák Tibor
Role of responsible person in the project: headmaster
Address: 3720 Sajókaza Sólyom telep 7.
Telephone number: 06308302029
E-mail address: derdak@ambedkar.hu
Project web address: ambedkar.eu/f-arm

Project bearing institution: Dr Ambedkar School
Address: 3720 Sajókaza Sólyom telep 7.
Web address: www.ambedkar.hu
Legal form of the institution: high school

Which sector does your institution belong to: Public Administration

Ploughing in India by Janos OrsosProject idea: Dr Ambedkar School creates an agricultural farm for helping present livelihood of parents, future job of students and for the emancipation of women. The farm will work at Sólyom telep of Sajókaza which is now a Roma settlement of 800 people. The settlement had been built for coal miners: there are small gardens and plots of land around. We built our high school at the entrance of the settlement from 2007 for 100 students. Their parents, the members of our Women Congregation have been participating in the creation of our agriculture. Now some of them can get a job if they finish the vocational trainings. On our land we graze goats, we breed chickens and turkeys, we have organic farming of crops and vegetables. We harmonise the activities of the educational farm of the school and the work on the plots of our parents. Our partners are Youtyúk egg selling network, Budapest Zoo, Corvinus Economical University, Triratna Buddhist Order. Poor people produce for their own need, the educational farm sells products through the social shop. Our university students provide a higher intellectual standard.

Start of Project: We had the plan of an educational farm to serve future vocational courses as early as in 2007 when we funded the high school. Our first action of planting was in 2009 “Flowers to Flower street” with the help of Quakers. At the same time we started our struggle for providing prepaid electricity meters in order to save the budget of families. The public of Budapest Film Festival supported that with donations. We joined the efforts of Poors’ Bank following the exemple of the Bangladeshi Grameen Bank to support underclass families to start businesses of amimal breeding, timber, vendor, transportation. Two groups of 4 people tried this but we think at this level of poverty they should have needed everyday supervision to achieve real success. Seed donations of S. John’s Order of the Maltese Knights, of Hungarian Food Bank, of Floral Diversity Center started our family garden program from 2010. Raiffeisen Bank, Open Society Institute and MPreis from Innsbruck helped us to buy houses and gardens between 2007 and 2015 - that is why our plan to organize a complex farm has become realistic.

Photo: Gabor ZsudelCurrent status: Our School has 10 houses for educational purposes, but the houses host 100 chickens, some goats, a mushroom cellar, a machine for making fuel from agricultural waste, 2 acres of land and 4 gardens. We are currently enlarging the place of turkeys, cattles and donkey. Budapest Zoo bestowed on us a pair of Indian zebus, to make our farm more indian. Farm tasks are implemented by 3 technical assistants of the school, by the way they are parents of our students. Some people have got the opportunity to work for free in our farm instead of going to jail. We are in the process of obtaining the authorization for agricultural vocational courses at our school. The Employment Office provided an agricultural course for unemployed roma people, among them parents of our students. The 100 inhabitants of another Roma settlement in Sajókaza are of great use because they are traditonal agricultural workers, not like the former miners around our school. We began to cooperate with Savitribai Phule Pune University because we want to provide opportunities for oppressed women.

Future perspectives: Next objective is to develop our farm activities into an educational farm and a social cooperative. We are building corrals, hutches, cheese-workshop, crop-drying house, walk-in plastic tunnels. Products of self-supplier family gardens begin to appear in our shop. In cooperation with our indian partners and Budapest Zoo, producing indian spices and breeding some indian animals we will be able to represent the authentic world of Savitribai Phule, the hero of emancipation of downtrodden and women. The Farm is not only designed for the students of our high school but serves also a wider public, providing informations on human rights, on economics, on science. In a longer perspective we would like to create similar farms in other Roma settlements where we run high schools in cooperation with methodist congregation in Alsózsolca, and the buddhists in Mátraverebély-Tar.

Photo: Tina Carr, SajokazaIn your opinion, what is the really new thing about your project: Our project uses the experiences of agricultural projects implemented in Roma environment (Autonómia, Raiffeisen and Grameen Bank, Every child…) but it represents a new quality because we organize the family households into a cooperative, and we provide them secondary education and a complex educational farm. This is our way to protecting them from wrong decisions and bankrupt. Our projects shows similarities with agricultural projects of some religious communities, but e.g. the Hutterite Colony or the Krishna Movement employs their own followers. We are more comparable to medieval monasteries because we provide livelihood and innovation to the whole local rural population. The religious background gives us a new kind of protection against the corruption pressure which is more and more threatening in the Hungarian context. In the programs designed for poor people the material aspects prevail, the tenets are sometimes neglected. Therefore with Savitribai Phule we bring a whole human right agenda. We observe that in many traditional families oppression of women becomes worse with economical success. Our community and high school is for emancipation of woman.

Field of work: Work / Unemployment / Vocational training , Poverty / Homelessness / Indebtedness , Non-school education / Leisure time pedagogy , Handicap , Adult education / Consciencisation , Family / Youth welfare , Women / Men-specific work , Municipality / City / Regional Development , Criminality / Justice / Offender help , Migration / Interculturalia / Ethnicity , Addictions

Age / Life phase of the target group: 12 - 18 years = youths , 19 - 25 years = young adults , 26 - 60 years = adults

Sex of the target group: male & female

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Our School 1st Part

Our School (1st Part)
Our school is named after Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (April 14, 1891-December 6, 1956) an Indian jurist, scholar and political leader. Born into a poor, dalit (untouchable) family and subjected to intense socio-economic discrimination, Ambedkar spent his life fighting against the Indian caste system and the idea of untouchability. We see his message being relevant for gypsies in our country today.

Our School 2nd Part

Our School (2nd Part)
Our school is serving in a region of northern Hungary where the proportion of high school graduates having matriculation examination is under 1%. At the gypsy settlements of Sajokaza, Lak, Alsovadasz, Homrogd there are thousands of people without the chance of secondary education. We believe, that the application of proper pedagogy will result in the elevation of above mentioned ratio similar to any other group of today's society, and our students so become competitive participants of the labour market.

Our School 3rd Part

Our School (3rd Part)
Our school offers person centered pedagogy, informatics, English language and sciences. By activating dormant energies of unused manpower we bring high grade secondary education to the poorest communities of our homeland.

Our School 4th Part

Our School (4th Part)
The objective of our school is to show the way out of poverty and make environmental stimuli enjoyable for everybody. We knowingly have encouraged our children to make friends with students of other schools years before founding the school. Our task is to transmit the essence of better life standards of more prosperous social strata to our students and their families. It is especially important in health issues, for we do not study to die early as the poor of the villages.

Our School 5th Part

Our School (5th Part)
Even though the school is situated in segregated environment, our efforts are to integrate. The goal is to bring high standard education to a totally unprovided area. The want should be satisfied. The effects of this service then attract non-Romany inhabitants, and lead to building valuable relationships around the segregated community. We believe in the possibility of dark spots on the map today to become bright stars tomorrow.

Our School 6th Part

Our School (6th Part)
We emphasize the values of Romany lifestyle. Even though the life is changing in Alsovadasz, Sajokaza, Lak, Homrogd and the other villages, people are going to have large families with lots of cousins, uncles and aunts for a few more decades. However nice and precious it is, the public opinion of the rest of the county might be different. One of the pedagogic tasks of the school is to provide students with well based confidence to commit to their own chosen lifestyle.

Our School 7th Part

Our School (7th Part)
The aim that our students want to achieve is high school graduation. Trade is offered only to those who want it along with graduation. Even for people fell out of primary education but wanting to learn we make understand that the goal is not just completing primary school but to change their social stand.

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  • Professor Shanker Dutt: Congratulations on the good work you are doing. The English language is an instrument of empowerment and liberation to access knowledge and technology
  • Hemant aka Nirvan Shinde: Dear Friends of Dr. Ambedkar School, I am highly pleased to congratulate you, for this historic step against segregation. you the Children of Dr. Amb
  • Pardeep S Attri: This is really great to hear all this activities going on!
  • Dhammadeep: jai bhim dear asok, you are really doing a great job i wish u all the very best
  • DHAMMADEEP DEOGADE: Dear Asok, Jai Bhim… UR Doing Great Work.. ..I’ve Photograph Collaction of Dr.Ambedker. It’s a  Orkut Link..do Get it…  http://www.orkut.c

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    Headmaster: Tibor Derdak

    H-3720 Sajókaza, Rákóczi F. u. 29.

    H-3532 Miskolc, Tátra utca 2.

    Further field of activity places:
    H-3600 Ózd, Petőfi út 18-20.
    H-3659 Sáta, Kolozsvári út 5.

    (+36) 48-788-700

    International Bank Account Number:
    IBAN HU59 1203 7805 0033 7608 0010 0002
    SWIFT Code: UBRTHUHB (Raiffeisen Bank)


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24 September: Pune Pact between Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar in 1932

14 October: Conversion in Nagpur of Dr. Ambedkar and his Dalit followers in 1956: “Dhammadiksha” or “Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din”

28 November: The Day of Orientalists (Körösi Csoma Sándor started his mysterious Eastern journey in 1819.)

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